Stina Blackstenius has signed for Arsenal Women on a free transfer from BK Hacken.
Sweden’s Blackstenius joins Arsenal after netting 25 goals in 40 appearances for BK Hacken in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan across 2020-21 seasons,
During her three-year stay in her home country, Blackstenius also previously played for Swedish rivals – Linkopings in 2019, which led to two Swedish league titles and three Swedish Cups in total in last three seasons at Linkopings and Hacken respectively.
“It feels amazing to be here, I’m so happy to join such a big and great club like Arsenal.” commented Blackstenius as she makes her first adventures into English football.
The 25 year-old also spoke highly of Arsenal and explained why she has made the move, adding: “I got a really good first impression about this club, they play really good football and I wanted to be a part of that. I feel like I can become a better player in this environment.”
Reflecting on her progress so far as a footballer after spells at clubs like Vadstena and Montpellier plus Linkopings and Hacken, Blackstenius said: “I feel like I’ve been taking steps during the last seasons and I’ve become a better player now.
“I want to keep that going and I feel like it’s a big challenge for me to move here and to play in another league, but I want to try and be the best that I can be, so that’s why I’m here.”
Teasing what Arsenal fans can expect from her on the pitch, she added: “If I had to describe my style of play, I would say I’m a very physical and fast player and I like to use my speed and run a lot in deep to create chances for both me and the players around me, so that’s pretty much me.”
Arsenal Women’s Head Coach, Jonas Eidevall meanwhile described the opportunity to sign Blackstenius as a move which he is “delighted” with, as questions continue to linger over the future of Vivianne Miedema whose contract runs out in the summer.
Hailing Blackstenius as “a world-class talent who will add even more quality to our team”, Eidevall noted that the 25 year-old’s “game is well-suited to the style we are implementing here at Arsenal, and I’m confident that she will take her game to an even higher level here with us.”
Arsenal’s Head of Women’s Football, Clare Wheatley added that she is “thrilled” to sign Blackstenius after making an early transfer move following “significant” interest from other clubs this summer.
Blackstenius will wear the number 25 shirt and could make her debut at home against Manchester United in FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup on Wednesday 16 January.