Anna Patten has returned to the club after four years playing and studying in America.
Anna first joined the club aged 12, where she developed through our academy ranks, making her first team debut in 2016, where she played every game for us in the 2016 Spring Series that season.
The defender then spent two years at the University of South Carolina and a further two years at Florida State University, where she played football alongside obtaining a degree.
“It's such an amazing feeling” said the 21-year-old. “Obviously I've been at the club since I was 12, so to be back and be able to fully sign for the team really is like a dream come true.”
“I'll always look for signings from within and if we can promote players, that's what our academy is there for," added Joe Montemurro. "But also, to be able to be creative with the signings and so on - we think that she suits the Arsenal mentality, the style of play we want and the beauty of it is that we can work to improve her. It's not as if she's a ready-made player, there's still room for improvement so it's exciting going forward for all of us.”
Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Anna back to the club and looks forward to seeing her development.
The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.
Copyright 2023 The Arsenal Football Club Limited. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.