Kim Little – so good we signed her twice.
Arsenal Women’s Captain Fantastic leads by example. Despite her diminutive figure, she prowls the middle of the park and her attacking vision is one of the chief reasons we won the WSL last season – and are able to duke it out with the bottomless pockets of Chelsea and Man City.
The Scottish midfielder originally signed from Hibernian back in 2008, after helping the Edinburgh side to a clean sweep domestically. During her six years with Arsenal, she again was instrumental in seeing her side win a hatful of silverware. Goals were abundant and awards too, from Players Player to PWA Player of the Year.
With a shift in manager from Laura Harvey to Shelley Kerr saw a downturn in fortunes for Arsenal, and with Harvey going to the pinnacle of Women’s Football, The NWSL in the USA – Little joined her former manager in Seattle to play for the Reign.
Little won over the US fans with yet another bagful of goals and influential performances, and she again won trophies and awards. This is a mark of a top grade player – success wherever they go.
A loan move to Melbourne City for a season followed her successful campaign with Seattle. Twelve matches was enough to help Melbourne to the title and Little finished as the second top scorer in a short space of time.
Some serious injuries have been endured in her second spell with Arsenal, but her influence cannot be denied. Wherever she has gone, she has impressed experts and fans alike. Little is undeniably world class, a severe goal threat – and one of the best playmakers in the game. At 29, Little is in her peak and has plenty left to offer – and could well spearhead another era of dominance for Arsenal.
With such a glittering array of attacking talent in front of her – Little has plenty to assist. And the wily Scot has the work rate to make the most of her skills. If she does so, she could go down as one of the best players Arsenal Women have had.
Considering the names that have pulled on our shirt, that is quite the compliment.
The lure of Arsenal is too much once it has been experienced though, and Little returned to the Gunners in 2016.