Fresh off the heels of a new signing announcement, Arsenal Women have captured yet another target to strengthen our side.
Gunners boss Joe Montemurro has netted one of his long time targets, Swiss international midfielder Malin Gut.
Gut operates normally at the base of a midfield, but is known to play as both a centre back and further forward. Such is her ability to carry the ball, she will suit our Aussie boss’s style perfectly.
Gut played for Grasshoppers Zurich before joining our team and at just 20, she has plenty in her tank. She made her pro debut at just 15, and is tailor-made for back up to her Swiss compatriot Lia Walti – who plays in the same position.
When Walti suffered a serious knee injury 18 months ago, we had no conventional back up. It meant that our centre-back, Leah Williamson, and even attacking midfielder Jill Roord was utilized there. While we know that both are more than able to carry the ball and track runners, having a specialist in the role is imperative if we are to push the likes of Chelsea and City again.
Malin Gut is just the player we need. She is that specialist in the DM role, but she is just as adaptable as the players she will be joining up with. She already has been capped at full international level and is overjoyed with joining the Gunners.
Malin said “It’s a very big honour for me to play and represent this club. From the beginning, it felt like everything fitted perfectly. I talked to Joe a lot which helped because he was able to convince me from the first second and I felt that he’s the kind of coach I want to play with. I’m very excited to play in the Arsenal shirt for the first time.”
It seems that Lia Walti also had a hand in convincing Gut to join – and we are going to be much stronger with her in our ranks.
Welcome to Arsenal Malin – we can’t wait to see you in action!