The Arsenal women’s team has signed Swedish striker Stena Plaxtenius and Austrian defender Laura Werther.
Blackstenius – who will wear the number 25 shirt – joins as a free agent after leaving Swedish club BK Haken, while Wenrother – who will wear the number 26 shirt – is from Hoffenheim.
Blacksteinius was part of Sweden’s squad that won silver at the Tokyo Olympics last summer and the 2016 games in Rio, while also helping her country beat England in the third/fourth place play-off at the 2019 World Cup.
The 25-year-old – who was wanted by a number of clubs, including Manchester United – won two Swedish titles and three Swedish Cups, while also being Sweden’s top scorer last year.
“It’s a great feeling to be here,” Blackstein told Arsenal.com. “I am very happy to join a great and great club like Arsenal.”
“I had a really good first impression of this club. They play really good football and I wanted to be a part of that. I feel I can become a better player in this environment.”
Arsenal coach Jonas Edvall was delighted with Blackstein’s arrival, saying: “He is a world-class talent who will add even more quality to our squad.
“Her game fits perfectly with the style we’re playing here at Arsenal and I’m sure she’ll take her game to a higher level here with us.”
And Edivale was equally excited about Weinrother’s arrival, saying: “It’s great news that we’ve signed a contract with Laura.
“We have been impressed by her defensive performance this season at club and international level and we believe she can make a huge contribution here at Arsenal.”
Wenrother, who has 12 caps for Austria, told Arsenal’s website: “It’s a great feeling for me. I’m really happy to be here and have the opportunity and I’m looking forward to being with the team.
“When I first heard about Arsenal’s interest, I couldn’t believe it, and I still can’t!”
Arsenal and Reading postponed in the World League One
Arsenal’s Women’s Premier League (WSL) match on Sunday was postponed following a request from Reading due to Covid-19 cases and injuries.
The WSL League schedule has been disrupted by a second postponement this weekend after the Everton-Chelsea game on Friday was cancelled.
New signatory Stena Blackstein was on the verge of making his debut for Arsenal, who now have to wait to get their Women’s World Championship campaign back on track after suffering a shock defeat against Birmingham on Sunday.
A statement from the North London club read: “We can confirm that Barclays Women’s Premier League match on Sunday against Reading has been postponed after the Football Association approved a request by Reading.”
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