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Caitlin Foord signs new deal

Caitlin Foord

We are delighted to announce that Caitlin Foord has signed a new deal with the club.

The 27-year-old Australian forward joined us in 2020 following a spell in the USA with Portland Thorns, marking her Arsenal debut with the first goal in our 2-0 win over Lewes in the FA Cup in February 2020.

In total, Caitlin has made 62 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 23 goals. Notably, she scored a memorable double in the first-ever North London Derby at Emirates Stadium, as we ran out 3-0 winners over Tottenham Hotspur on May 4, 2022.

“It feels amazing,” said Caitlin. “Since I joined this club, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with being here. I think I mentioned in one of my early interviews that I had lost my way in football a bit, but since being here I’ve absolutely fallen in love and found myself again.

“We’ve been inching towards winning lots of silverware and that’s definitely going to be the plan for next year. We want to win multiple trophies and I think with the squad, the team, the players and the support we have, we have the squad to be able to do it.”

Head Coach Jonas Eidevall added: “Caitlin is a top player and an integral part of what we’re building here. Her contribution in both attack and defence are crucial to our game, so we’re delighted that she has signed a new contract. This is an ambitious club and Caitlin is central to that.”

Head of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley said: “We’re all very pleased that Caitlin will be staying with us. She is a wonderful footballer in her peak years, so she is exactly the kind of player we want to keep at this club. We look forward to seeing Caitlin in action for Arsenal in the years to come.”

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‘I still feel like we’ve got so much to achieve'

Jen Beattie is convinced that we’re on the verge of something special. 

Our No 5 has played with some exceptional talent throughout her career, and believes that this current crop of players are right up there with the best. 

So when the club came calling with the offer of a contract extension, Jen simply couldn’t turn it down. 

“I've really enjoyed the past three seasons, but I still feel like I've got so much to achieve as part of this club, and I'm excited to extend,” said Beattie, speaking exclusively to Arsenal.com. 

“I feel like with this team, there's still a feeling that we've maybe underachieved and there's still so much that we can do as a team, and I'm almost 31 and I've played in a fair few teams with a lot of different players, but this feeling here is just so enjoyable on a day to day basis. And not just the quality of players, but the people that we have. I think on the staff front and the player front, it just makes it so enjoyable, and that's why I'm probably the happiest to stay and extend my contract.

“I think my message to the fans would just be, we all have this feeling that we've maybe underachieved this year and we still have so much more to give. It's a special group and everyone is hungry to lift trophies and be even more successful next year. So my message would be there's so much more to give, and we can't wait to get going again next season.”

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