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Mana Iwabuchi signs for Arsenal

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We are delighted to announce that Japanese international Mana Iwabuchi has signed for Arsenal.

The 28-year-old started her career at Nippon TV Beleza and has since gone on to play for Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich, INAC Kobe Leonessa and more recently, Aston Villa.

The Japanese international has featured 74 times and scored 31 goals for her national side since making her debut at just 16 years of age.

The skilful forward joins Arsenal having won the Nadeshiko League three times, Nadeshiko League Cup three times, Empress’s Cup twice, 2. Frauen-Bundesliga once and Frauen-Bundesliga twice. For her national team, Mana has won the EAFF Women’s Football Championship twice, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Asian Games and AFC Women’s Asian Cup. Mana also won a silver medal with her national team at the London 2012 Olympics.

“I’m so happy to finally be able to announce that I am an Arsenal player!” said Iwabuchi, speaking exclusively to Arsenal Media. “I know the club has wanted to sign me for a long time now, so it’s a great honour to be able to play for Arsenal. There are so many amazing players and I can’t wait to get started.”

The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

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It's time to vote for your Women's Player of the Season, presented by Mastercard!

Our first contender is Caitlin Foord, who finished her first full campaign in north London with 12 goals and eight assists in just 20 starts.

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Or has Kim Little's influence caught your eye the most? Our captain led by example yet again, producing a number of commanding performances in midfield before keeping her cool to net from the spot against Everton and secure Women's Champions League football next season.

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Katie McCabe has been our creator-in-chief this season. The Republic of Ireland captain has set up more goals than any other player with 13, and also netted stunning goals against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. 

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Perhaps Vivianne Miedema has done enough to secure your vote once again? Our No 11 hit 25 goals in 27 appearances across all competitions, creating another nine. Miedema's goalscoring form included a north London derby hat-trick and four goals in a single game against London City Lionesses.

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Our final contender is Leah Williamson, who played in all but two of our games this season, helping us keep 12 clean sheets in all competitions while also chipping in with a goal and four assists.

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