Arsenal: Four players who will be crucial for the Gunners this WSL season

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Kim Little, Jordan Nobbs and Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal celebrate | Copyright: Daniela Porcelli

Ahead of the 2021/22 season, Her Football Hub takes a look at the Arsenal roster and which players will help the Gunners in their mission to win their fourth Women’s Super League title.

Mana Iwabuchi

What a player. What a signing for Arsenal. It’s a clear sign that the Gunners are trying their hardest to close the gap on Man City and Chelsea by acquiring an international superstar.

Iwabuchi had the time to adapt to the pace of the WSL during her time at Aston Villa, which has allowed her to hit the ground running for Arsenal. Her goal against PSV is just an indication of the damage she’s going to cause many WSL defences.

Anna Patten

Anna Patten’s versatility is going to be exciting for Arsenal this season.

During a 4-0 preseason win over Tottenham, Patten capped off a brilliant performance in midfield with a stunning strike, proving her ability to succeed in midfield and defence.

This will allow her to gain more minutes while making key contributions throughout the season. You can see how her time in the States has matured her, and now she’s ready to make her mark on this promising Arsenal side.

Anna Patten during the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Fifth Round between Arsenal and Crystal Palace | Copyright: Action Foto Sport

Nikita Parris

Nikita Parris arrives at Meadow Park with an incredible CV. It’s not about who she is but more about how she can help Arsenal get to the next level.

She flourished at Lyon with 27 goals in 47 games. She’s also already scored her first goal for Arsenal during preseason.

Having such a talented forward to complement Vivianne Miedema will give Arsenal a whole new dimension. The introduction of Parris will make teams think twice about how to nullify the Arsenal attack.

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Frida Maanum

Frida Maanum is the tenacious midfielder that Arsenal have been missing. You can guarantee she will lead the press and make sure she’s always getting into the box to score goals.

At just 22 years old, she still has a lot to learn. But Maanum is in safe hands with midfield maestros Jordan Nobbs and Kim Little.

Frida Maanum during The Mind Series between Tottenham Hotspur Women and Arsenal Women | Copyright: Action Foto Sport

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