Tobin Heath returns to England -- to play for Arsenal

On the eve of the 2021-22 Women's Super League season, Arsenal announced it has signed one of its biggest fans.

U.S. star Tobin Heath, who spent part of the 2020-21 season at Manchester United, will join Arsenal.

Heath, 33, scored four goals in eight WSL games for United last season before being injured. She was out from January until June when she rejoined the USA ahead of the Olympics, where it won a bronze medal.

Heath, 33, will be the only American in the WSL. U.S teammates Alex Morgan, Sam Mewis, Rose Lavelle, Christen Press and Abby Dahlkemper all returned home to play in the NWSL.

United finished fourth in the WSL behind champion Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, which hired Jonas Eidevall from Swedish club Rosengard this summer to be its new coach.

"Tobin's record speaks for itself. She's an incredibly talented player who will bring so much experience to our squad," he said. "This is an exciting time for the club, and I'm delighted we could secure Tobin's signing as we prepare to kick off the new season at Emirates Stadium on Sunday."

Arsenal faces Chelsea in the opening game.

The Gunners then head to Prague, where they face Slavia Prague in UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying. They hold a 3-0 lead from the first leg. Twelve teams will join Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Paris St. Germain in the new Champions League group stage, which kicks off on Oct. 5.

Arsenal's other offseason signings:

-- Danish defender Simone Boye Sorensen (Bayern Munich);
-- Japanese forward Mana Iwabuchi (Aston Villa);
-- Norwegian midfielder Frida Maanum (Linkoping, Sweden); and
-- English forward Nikita Parris (Lyon, France).
5 comments about "Tobin Heath returns to England -- to play for Arsenal".
  1. frank schoon, September 4, 2021 at 8:07 a.m.

    I would like to know how many people on average show up for the women games in England and who pays their salaries.....I can't believe they draw enough crowd to earn a decent paycheck...Who is subsidizing the it the men's teams, there....?

  2. Michael Lehr replied, September 4, 2021 at 9:39 a.m.

    Good question. I would like to know the answer as well. It is disappointing that she went back to England. We need the NWSL to be as strong as possible.

  3. R2 Dad, September 4, 2021 at 10:13 a.m.

    "U.S teammates Alex MorganSam MewisRose LavelleChristen Press and Abby Dahlkemperall returned home to play in the NWSL."

    Complete coincidence, I'm sure.

  4. uffe gustafsson, September 5, 2021 at 8:08 p.m.

    Frank the club pay their salaries very much like Galaxy 2 get paid by the Galaxy club.
    what's your real point??

  5. frank schoon replied, September 7, 2021 at 7:32 a.m.

    Uffe, this isn't Galaxy2 , comparably, neither is it Arsenal 2. I know Arsenal 2, and this isn't Arsenal 2. I want the know if these  men's teams are somehow  subsidizing women's soccer. Women soccer need to make it on their own through crowd  interest, like what the men had to go through. Remember what the men went through in the US, how many teams folded, NASL folded. The men side had to build up crowd interest and wasn't until the mid90's we established the MLS .  I think the Women side need to do the same....I would like to know the crowd attendance in England for the women's games....

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