Our four new summer recruits are yet to feature in a competitive fixture, but despite this, club captain Kim Little believes that they’ve already improved the squad – both technically and mentally.
Lia Walti, Viktoria Schnaderbeck and Pauline Peyraud-Magnin have all been working hard in training, while the injured Tabea Kemme has been the first player in the gym every morning.
“They’re going to add quality because they’re true professionals, especially in the way that they train with intensity,” Little told Arsenal.com.
“That’s helped the team even in the past few weeks. Going forward and over the course of the season, that will really help us get back to being the best team.
“Viki’s come here from Germany and has a very strong mentality. You can tell that from the little things she does, how she holds herself in the gym, on the pitch. She’s one of the ones who will lead the pack and be an example for the rest of the players. It’s also been nice to play with Lia in pre-season and like Viki, she’s got that driven mentality where she wants to get better all the time.
“Tabea’s injured at the moment and looking to come back in the next few months, but again it’s nice to come in first thing in the morning and see her working hard. Tabea’s in the gym before any of us so that she can get back into the team and ready to play, so it’s just that mentality and professionalism that is good for our younger players to see.
“The more players we have like that, the more that mentality will fester and focus the team.”
Want to watch our new signings in action? We’re set to face Juventus on Sunday, August 5, at 2pm (UK time) at Meadow Park. A limited number of tickets will be available on the gate on the day.