We are delighted to confirm that Cloe Lacasse has joined us on a permanent deal.
The 29-year-old Canadian forward joins us following a four-year spell in Portugal with Benfica.
Cloe began her youth career in Canada before moving to the USA to play college football with Iowa Hawkeyes in 2011.
A move to Europe followed in 2015 when Cloe signed for Icelandic team IBV, where she won the Icelandic League Cup in 2016 before lifting the Icelandic Women’s Football Cup in 2017.
Cloe signed for Benfica in 2019 and went on to have a highly successful four-year career with the Portuguese side, scoring 102 goals in 131 games to help the team to three Portuguese league titles, three Portuguese League Cups and two Portuguese Super Cups. She was the league’s top scorer in the 2019/20 season and was named the league’s Player of the Year at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.
At international level, Cloe has won 19 caps for the Canadian national team, scoring one goal. She has been named in the Canada squad for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“I’m super excited and enthusiastic to get started here,” said Cloe. “I feel ready mentally and physically to be able to contribute here and win titles and I feel that this club has everything it takes to compete for the highest honours. I want to go to the next level and score goals here for Arsenal.”
Head Coach Jonas Eidevall said: “I’m really pleased that we have signed Cloe to strengthen our forward line here at Arsenal. Cloe is a proven goalscorer and has shown her quality over a number of seasons in two European leagues as well as the Champions League. She will add a different dimension to our attacking game and I’m looking forward to working with her.”
Head of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley said: “Cloe is a player we have been monitoring for some time so we’re delighted to have completed this signing. Cloe’s record is very impressive and we believe she has the right qualities to slot straight into our playing style here at Arsenal. I’m sure our supporters will be excited to see Cloe in the red and white.”
The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.
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