Women’s football: Arsenal signs Steph Catley and Malin Gut

Arsenal has roped in Australian women’s football team vice-captain Steph Catley and Swiss national Malin Gut.

Steph Catley played for Melbourne City FC before signing up for Arsenal. - TWITTER (@Arsenal Women)

Arsenal has made strong additions to its squad leading to the next Women's Super League season by signing Australian women’s football team vice-captain Steph Catley and Swiss teenager Malin Gut.

Catley played for Melbourne City FC before making a switch to Arsenal, and has played for four other clubs: Melbourne Victory, Portland Thorns FC, Orlando Pride and OL Reign. The 26-year-old defender has played 82 times for the national team and scored three goals.

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Catley has won the W-League Championship five times and the W-League Premiership twice, in addition to being named W-League Young Player of the Year and FFA U-20 Footballer of the Year twice.

“Arsenal is a place where I’ve imagined myself playing for a long time too,” she told www.arsenal.com. “I’m so excited that it’s finally done. This will be my first taste of European football and obviously there’s so much to look forward to and so many big occasions to come. I can’t wait to get started,” she said.

Malin, the 19-year-old midfielder, began her career with FC Zurich, making her senior debut at the club when she was just 15. She won the Nationalliga A and the Swiss Women’s Cup three times each during her five-year association with the club.

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She then signed for Grasshopper Club Zurich last year and made 23 appearances and scored six goals. Malin has also featured eight times for her national side, often starting alongside current Arsenal midfielder Lia Walti.

Malin told the club's website: “It’s a very big honour for me to be able to play and represent this club in the future. From the beginning it felt like everything fitted perfectly. I talked to Joe (Montemurro) a lot which helped because he was really able to convince me from the first second and I felt that he’s the kind of coach I really want to play with. I’m very, very excited to play with the Arsenal shirt for the first time.”

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