1 in 1 out: Arsenal agree transfer deal for World Class duo

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The Summer transfer window will open on 23 June and close on the 14th of September.

Let’s have a look at the business made so far with one player in and one player out.

With the FA WSL going to a winter season and aligning itself with the other European leagues, it will now be easier to poach the players out of contract from other leagues.

The big questions are where on the pitch do we need to add players and what kind of quality is available on the market?

The first signing, Vivianne Mediema, has just finished as joint top-scorer in the Champions League with eight goals and has a fantastic record for club and country.

There is no doubt that adding players with similar quality and strength could only benefit the club, but there is also a need to let the homegrown players develop as seen in the Spring Series with Anna Patten and Lotte Wubben-Moy getting a lot of playing time due to injuries to senior players.

The club also signed a player out of the transfer window, when Notts County Ladies folded and brought in the experienced Irish defender Louise Quinn. It will be interesting to see if her short-term deal is renewed as some defenders could leave the club soon and she would provide adequate cover if needed.

One area of the pitch where the club does not need to sign players is in attack, unless of course a raft of players depart.

As of the time of writing, there are 10 attacking players on the books with usually four spaces in the starting 11 available in the 4-3-3 system and three places on the bench.

Even counting out Kim Little, who has an ACL injury, that’s a huge number of players available.

In terms of defensive and central midfielders, the numbers are sufficient with four players (Fara Williams, Dominique Janssen, Jordan Nobbs and Leah Williamson) competing for two places.

One of the development side’s midfielder could also become the fifth midfielder in the pecking order, but there is no indication that Pedro Losa is willing to promote one of the youngsters at the moment.

In terms of defenders, Vyan Sampson is on the mend, Emma Mitchell is also recovering from an injury and Jemma Rose was back for the last game of the Spring Series. If you add Alex Scott, Louise Quinn, Anna Patten, Lotte Wubben-Moy and a player with a big potential like Taylor Hinds, there are enough numbers there at the moment.

There is also a question about Charlotte Devlin who has had a fantastic season on loan at Millwall Lionesses and you cannot really see her coming back and getting game time at Arsenal. It would be probably better for her to stay there and carry on playing on regularly.

Basically, unless someone decide to leave, there is no real need to recruit more players unless a world class one becomes available.

But things can change very quickly and we could see the players who did not get much playing time during the Spring Series deciding to leave for pastures new.

Then, there will be a need for new blood.

As of today, here are the ins and out for the Arsenal Ladies:

In: Vivianne Miedema ( FC Bayern)

Out: Laura Hooper (Seattle University Redhawks)

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