The paint on the latest season is still wet, but Arsenal are already making moves to reshape their squad in preparation to regain the title that was taken from them.
Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2019/20 season was culled early, with Chelsea being crowned victors despite having our girls having seven games to play to claw back a four point deficit. The campaign was decided by a points-per-game basis and so the Gunners missed out.
Unfortunate, maybe, but Arsenal don’t seem to be standing on ceremony as they are already moving to shape their squad for next season.
Joe Montemurro has chopped one from his flock, as defender Louise Quinn has not had her contract renewed. The Irish defender has been allowed to leave, with no contract offer on the table. We say goodbye to Louise after playing for the club for three seasons, making 76 appearances and scoring seven goals.
Quinn joined from Notts County and has also played in Sweden. The rangy defender has impressed all in her time at the club and is a real favourite amongst the squad. The Irishwoman also represents her country and has amassed plenty of caps too and for good reason.
Quinn initially joined on a short term deal after Notts County went under but it was clear that she was Arsenal-quality and soon signed a longer term deal. In her time at the club she helped Arsenal win the Continental Cup in 2017 and was a key part of our WSL triumph last season, as she and Leah Williamson formed a rock-solid partnership at the heart of the defence.
Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing a few players, and Louise Quinn seems to be surplus to requirements, but she can look back on her time with the Gunners with pride.
Quinn was a real asset to the club and to Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro. Quinn was strong in the air and on the deck and can look to the future knowing that as a Gunner – she played an integral part in our resurgence back to the top of the Womens game.