Holland international Anouk Hoogendijk has signed for Arsenal Ladies.

The 28-year-old joins the Gunners from Ajax, where she has played since May 2012.

A versatile defender, who is also comfortable in central midfield, Hoogendijk becomes the third addition to the Gunners' backline this pre-season, following the arrival of England internationals Casey Stoney and Siobhan Chamberlain.

Hoogendijk has 94 caps for Holland, and spent a short spell in the Super League with Bristol Academy in 2011 where she played against Arsenal in the FA Cup final.  She is an experienced and technically adept player.

Arsenal Ladies general manager Vic Akers said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Anouk to Arsenal Football Club. She’s a top quality defender, who has proven herself on the international stage with Holland, in the Eredivisie with Ajax, and of course in the Super League with Bristol. She further strengthens a defence that has already seen the arrival of Casey and Siobhan ahead of the new season, so we are really pleased.”

Anouk added: “I’m excited to be returning to England, and to have the chance to play for Arsenal Ladies. They are one of the leading women’s clubs in the game, with an amazing history, so it is a real privilege to have signed for them. I am looking forward to meeting my new team mates and preparing for the 2014 season.”

The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

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