World Cup winner Mariona Caldentey joins Arsenal Women

Caldentey leaves Barcelona after ten successful years

World Cup winner Mariona Caldentey joins Arsenal Women

Mariona Caldentey will wear number eight for Arsenal. Credit- WellOffside

Arsenal have signed Barcelona and Spain’s Mariona Caldentey on a permanent deal.

Mallorca-born Caldentey won 25 trophies with Barcelona, including six Liga F titles and three UEFA Women’s Champions Leagues.

The versatile forward scored 114 goals in 302 games for Barca, with only four players scoring more for the Catalan outfit.

The 2023 World Cup winner will wear the Number 8 jersey at Arsenal.

At international level, Mariona has scored 26 goals in 72 matches for Spain and was part of the squad that won the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2023/24 UEFA Nations League.

“I’m so happy to be here,” said Caldentey. “This is the right time for a new challenge for me and Arsenal is the perfect place. I think what Arsenal are doing as a club is amazing – on and off the pitch. I love the way we want to play as a team and I think there’s a strong mentality building here.

“It’s been incredible to see what the club has done away from the pitch, with supporters following the team everywhere and lots of records being broken. I can’t wait to get started and help the team win trophies and entertain our supporters.”

Head Coach Jonas Eidevall added: “Mariona is a world-class forward and we are delighted to bring her to Arsenal. She’s a winner with proven experience of excelling on the biggest stage, which is exactly where we aim to be at this club.

"We believe Mariona will be a superb addition to our squad here at Arsenal, as we prepare for an exciting new season together.”

Director of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley said: “We’re so happy to have signed Mariona, who brings with her a wealth of experience and success at the top of women’s football. It’s a testament to her ambition and character that she has chosen to undertake a new challenge, come to the Women’s Super League and join what we’re building here at Arsenal. 

"I’m sure our supporters will be excited to see her run out in Arsenal colours very soon.”

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