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'I'm willing to do whatever it takes'

We announced our latest summer signing on Thursday morning, as Lina Hurtig joined us from Italian champions, Juventus.

English football has been a long time coming for the 26-year-old Swedish forward, who's already played for clubs across Sweden and Italy. Hurtig recently returned from the UEFA Women's Euros after representing her country in the latter stages of the tournament and now, she's ready to get started in the red and white.

Read on for a full transcript from Hurtig’s first interview as an Arsenal player. 

on why now is the right time to join the Women's Super League...

I've always, always wanted to play in England and I've always been interested in English football. It's super exciting for me to be here.

on how the move came about...

It went pretty quickly after the Euros. When I first heard about Arsenal, and that they were interested, it was really interesting to me as well.

on the first thing that comes to mind when she thinks about Arsenal...

That's a tricky question! I know it's a great club, with great players and lots of quality, so I think I will enjoy it here. 

on whether Jonas Eidevall was a big part in her decision to come here...

I know him from Sweden, obviously, but I've never played for him. So that will be something new and I'm looking forward to it.

on what her role in the team will be...

I prefer to stay on the left side and I think that is where Jonas wants to play me. He really believes in me a lot and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to improve as much as I can to help the team.

on playing with Stina and Frida once again...

We played together in Sweden and so, it's gonna be fun to meet them again, obviously!

on playing across the front line alongside the likes of Miedema, Mead, and Foord...

Yeah, that's amazing. Like I said before, there's a lot of good players here. There's a lot of quality so it's amazing.

on her style of play...

I would describe myself as a strong player, physically. Fast, good in the box, good headers.

on whether she's excited to start a new life in England with her wife and daughter...

So much. We're just going to find an apartment and then we're going to settle in.

on her message to the fans...

I'm super excited to be playing for them. So, see you soon!

News

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. 

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