Zinsberger - I’m expecting a tough challenge here


Manuela Zinsberger is looking forward to her first season in English football.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper was a regular for Bayern Munich last season, making six appearances on their journey to the Champions League semi-finals - but she’s expecting a new challenge in the Women’s Super League. 

We spoke to Zinsberger after signing her contract - and this is what she said:

on how it feels to have joined Arsenal… 

It’s such an amazing feeling. I feel really good here and I know a lot of players. I’m looking forward to it. 

on what kind of challenge she’s expecting this to be… 

A really hard one! I’ve watched a lot of games and it’s a tough league. Every week you have a hard game so it will be a hard challenge, but I think we can do it. 

on how she found out about our interest… 

My agent got a call but obviously it was one year before I was there with Viki together, so I know most of the players and most of the staff, then it was really easy and I’m really happy to be part of this team. 

on whether she’s watched many of our games this season… 

I try to watch many games this season, but I’ve had my own games in Germany so it’s really hard. But I’ve watched some games and we’re a really good team with really good quality and performances. I’m looking forward to being part of it. Hopefully we can win the league next season. 

on which players she knows in our squad… 

I know Viki the most because she’s Austrian, but also Lisa, Viv, Lia, Tabea and Pauline. I talked to her (Pauline) twice and she said really good things and that I would be happy here - and also they would be happy if I would change clubs! I’m really happy that I’m part of it, so I’m looking forward to it. 

on Montemurro’s influence in her decision…

We had a lot of good discussions and we spoke about his philosophy, what he wants from me and what’s my part in the team. I think the most important thing is the focus he wants me to have in each session and he can help me with that. 

on her style as a goalkeeper… 

I’m a modern goalkeeper. I want to play rather than being a goalkeeper who plays kick and rush. I want to play with my defenders, midfielder and I think that’s the modern goalkeeper style. I like this.

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