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New faces join squad as Arsenal kick off pre-season training

Gunners will begin 2018-19 campaign on the weekend of August 18 and 19 with opening round of group fixtures in the Continental Tyres Cup

20 July, 2018

The Arsenal squad returned to training at London Colney on Monday – the FA Women’s Super League season kicks off next month. Photos: Arsenal FC

ARSENAL returned to training on Monday with Joe Montemurro’s side being put through their paces at London Colney ahead of the start of the new season.

The 2018-19 campaign is set to begin on the weekend of August 18 and 19 with the opening round of group fixtures in the Continental Tyres Cup. The FA Women’s Super League then returns to action in the second weekend of September.

The Gunners welcomed a host of new faces to their squad, including Switzerland international Lia Walti and Austria captain Viktoria Schnaderbeck. The midfield duo have both swapped Germany for north London, along with Walti’s Turbine Potsdam team-mate Tabea Kemme.

Kim Little on the ball during Arsenal’s first pre-season training session, as new signing Lia Walti looks on

All three bring great versatility as they can play in defence or midfield. Germany international Kemme can also play up front. Reflecting on her move to Arsenal, she said she cannot wait to get started in English football.

“It feels good to be an Arsenal player,” she told the club’s official website. “It’s a great feeling. I played for 12 years in Potsdam and now I’m ready for the next step, the next challenge, my new adventure here at Arsenal.

“It doesn’t matter for me which position I play. It’s important for me to stay on the pitch where I can help the team make good progress in the league. I’m flexible, so it’s the decision of the coach where I will play.

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“I met him in January and we talked about Arsenal, how they want to play, and he said, ‘OK, we want to play offensive’ and that’s exactly my thing. Of course, we did the same thing at Potsdam so I know the playing style. He also said he didn’t know exactly which position I would play, so we will see.

“The main point for me was that I wanted to play football in another country with a new language, a new culture, another tradition.”

Arsenal kick off their pre-season fixtures by welcoming Italian giants Juventus Women to Boreham Wood on Sunday, August 5. Kick-off is at 2pm, with tickets costing £6, or £3 for over-65s, under-16s and disabled supporters. Visit www.arsenal.com to book.

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