Arsenal Secure Short-Term Deal with Ex-France Goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi

30 January, 2024
by Church of edge

Arsenal Football Club has finalized a short-term deal with former France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi, marking a significant addition to the team's roster.

The 37-year-old goalkeeper joins Arsenal as a free agent, having previously played for Paris St-Germain in the last season. Prior to her stint at PSG, Bouhaddi enjoyed a remarkable 13-year career with Lyon, contributing to the team's dominance with 11 league titles, eight French Cups, and eight UEFA Women's Champions League triumphs.

Expressing her excitement about joining Arsenal, Bouhaddi stated, "I'm delighted to become part of this great club. Arsenal has so much history across both the men's and women's teams. I've always admired the club." She also expressed her eagerness to contribute her experience to the squad and emphasized her anticipation to get started.

With 149 international caps for France earned over a distinguished 16-year international career, Bouhaddi holds the distinction of being her country's most-capped goalkeeper. She was a pivotal member of the French squad that clinched the SheBelieves Cup title in 2017.

Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall sought additional depth in the goalkeeper position, particularly with Canadian goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo unavailable due to her participation in next month's Concacaf W Gold Cup in the United States.

Bouhaddi's signing marks Arsenal's final move in the January transfer window, following the earlier acquisition of USA defender Emily Fox, who made an impressive Women's Super League debut against Liverpool on Sunday. Bouhaddi's wealth of experience and proven track record are expected to bolster Arsenal's squad as they pursue their objectives in the Women's Super League and beyond.