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17 things you need to know about Lina Hurtig

Lina Hurtig poses with her Arsenal No.17 shirt

There's a new face at Arsenal and it's time to get to know Lina Hurtig. Here are the 17 things you need to learn about our new number 17.

1) Lina was born September 5, 1995 in Avesta, Sweden

2) She began her playing career at just 15 in the second tier of Swedish football. In Lina's first season, she recorded an immense 14 goals and four assists in just 20 appearances. Following interest from several clubs, she was snapped up by Damallsvenskan side, Umeå IK, the following season

3) 10 years on, she joins us from Serie A champions, Juventus, where she spent two seasons

4) Lina is no stranger to silverware. She won two back-to-back league titles with the Italian side, as well as two Italian Super Cups and one Coppa Italia

5) Juve also gave her a taste for Champions League success. In fact, Lina rocketed a volley into the roof of the net to send Juventus into the Champions League quarter finals in 2021

Lina Hurtig playing for Juventus

6) There are some very familiar faces on the Arsenal teamsheet for Lina, who has already played alongside Frida Maanum and Stina Blackstenius at Linköpings FC. Stina and Lina are now teammates for club and country as fellow Swedish internationals

7) Lina was a key player for Linköpings from 2017 to 2020. They won the Swedish Damallsvenskan in her first season at the club

8) As well as club success, she plays regular international football. Lina has 58 caps for Sweden, with a total of 19 goals to her name. Most recently, she found the net in a 3-1 win against Brazil earlier this year

9) Lina received her first call-up to the Swedish senior squad in 2012 under footballing legend, Pia Sundhage. Her first cap came in a 1-1 draw with Canada in November 2014

10) Before that, she represented her country at the youth level. Lina was a regular starter in the Swedish side that won the Under 19s European Championship in 2012, alongside Magdalena Eriksson and Fridolina Rolfö

Lina Hurtig for Sweden

11) An incredibly versatile forward who is able to play across the front line, Lina feels most at home on the left wing

12) She spent most of her 56 appearances for Juventus in that position, whipping in crosses and scoring a series of stunning one-touch goals

13) But it's also Lina's work off the ball that makes her a constant threat to defenders. This dedication and tenacity makes her a perfect fit for Jonas Eidevall's Arsenal 

14) An aerial specialist, Lina is also especially dangerous in set piece situations, and her ability to shrug off close marking is first-rate

15) Her former international coach, Pia Sundhage, said that Lina had every chance of becoming a truly world-class football player

16) She's joined in England by her wife, Lisa, and one-year-old daughter, Lo. Lisa and Lina met whilst playing for Umeå IK and they were married in 2019

17) Lina has always had an interest in English football and a move to the WSL has long been a dream of hers. In her first interview with Arsenal.com, she spoke of her excitement to play for Arsenal in particular, and how she's willing to do whatever it takes to help the team

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Ellen White announces her retirement

Ellen White playing for Arsenal

Former Arsenal striker Ellen White has announced her retirement from competitive football.

White began her record-breaking career at Arsenal after being scouted at as an eight-year-old. She spent eight years in our youth teams before moving to Chelsea in 2005.

She returned to Arsenal and Meadow Park five years later, in time for the inaugural WSL season in 2011. During her three years here, White made 38 WSL appearances and scored 11 goals, helping us towards three consecutive league titles and two FA cups. 

White is the Lionesses' greatest ever goalscorer with 52 goals – only one off Wayne Rooney's record total for the men's side. She has attended three World Cups for England and earlier this summer, she was a key member of the squad that won the 2022 UEFA Women's Euros.

We wish Ellen all the best in her retirement. 

Ellen White Arsenal Youth

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