Women's Champions League - FC Bayern München vs FC Barcelona am 21.04.2019; FC Bayern Campus

On 2 July, Arsenal signed Mariona Caldentey from Barcelona on a permanent deal.

Prior to her North London move, Caldentey played for the Blaugrana for ten years and won 25 titles—including six Liga F titles, three Champions Leagues, six Copas de la Reina, four Supercopas de España, and six Copas Catalunya.

After a 2014 debut at age 18, Caldentey made 302 appearances and scored 114 goals during her Barcelona tenure, making her the club’s 5th all-time top goalscorer.

Caldentey is also a Spanish international, having scored 26 goals in 72 matches for country, and was part of the squad that won both the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2023/24 UEFA Nations League.

Arsenal Women Head Coach, Jonas Eidevall, has praised her for being a “world-class forward” and a proven winner. 

Director of Women’s Football at Arsenal, Clare Wheatley, said that the move is a “testament to her ambition and character.” 

Regarding her new chapter in the Women’s Super League, Caldentey said: “I’m so happy to be here. This is the right time for a new challenge for me and Arsenal is the perfect place.

“I think what Arsenal are doing as a club is amazing – on and off the pitch. I love the way we want to play as a team and I think there’s a strong mentality building here.

“It’s been incredible to see what the club has done away from the pitch, with supporters following the team everywhere and lots of records being broken. I can’t wait to get started and help the team win trophies and entertain our supporters.”

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By Jenny Chen

Jenny recently graduated with a double major in Political Science and in Women’s & Gender Studies. She is formerly a law exchange at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently teaching English in Spain while on her gap years before law school. Her hobbies include writing, traveling, and women’s football.