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Arsenal sign Caitlin Foord

Arsenal women have signed Australian international Caitlin Foord

The 25-year-old has won 77 caps for the Matildas, including four appearances at 2019’s World Cup in France.

She an operate as a right or left winger or wing-back and as a centre-forward and wil wear the number 19 shirt in North London.

Portland traded their rights to Foord with Orlando Pride earlier in January as part of a switch of draft picks, but Arsenal have brought in Foord on a full-time basis from both Sydney and Orlando, who she did not feature for.

Foord has been in excellent form during the current W-League season, scoring twice and registering four assists for Sydney.

She was also part of the squad that saw Portland Thorns reach the National Women’s Soccer League play-offs at the end of last year.

She will join up with her Arsenal team-mates in mid-February, with her being part of the Australia squad tasked with securing Olympic qualification over the next few weeks.

Joe Montemurro said speaking to the Arsenal website , “I’m very pleased that Caitlin has joined us. I have watched her growth in the W-League and she is versatile and a great character. We are excited to welcome her when she joins up with the squad.

Arsenal travel to West Ham in the FA Cup this Sunday hoping to put last week’s dissapointing result against Chelsea behind them that saw the Gunners drop to 2nd in the WSL.

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