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
-- Japanese forward Mana Iwabuchi
-- Norwegian midfielder Frida Maanum
(Linkoping, Sweden); and
-- English forward Nikita Parris