Arsenal Ladies FC is delighted to announce the arrival of striker Karen Carney from Birmingham.  Karen's skill and flair where instrumental in Birmingham City's battle for National League survival last season, and after numerous impressive performances for both club and country, Karen was deservedly voted as the National Young Player of the Year award 2005 - an award that she also won the season before in 2004/05.

Karen, who turns 19 in August, joined Birmingham aged 11 and quickly worked her way through to their first team.  In February 2005 she made her senior international debut when she came off the bench to score England's final goal in a 4-1 victory over Italy.  At this game, Karen became the youngest player to be handed a senior debut.

Over the proceeding months Karen made such an impact to the squad with impressive performances, that she earned herself a place in the Euro 2005 squad. But her rise to the top level didn't stop there. Karen went on to play a pivotal role in England's Euro 2005 opening win over Finland, first her free-kick was deflected in for 1-0, then a last minute winner sent Hope Powell's team to the top of the group. Before collecting 19 caps at senior level Karen worked her way through the U-17 and U-19s gaining valuable experience and numerous caps at both levels

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