Arsenal have announced their 4th signing of the window, with defender Noëlle Maritz joining the club from German champions Wolfsburg.
Maritz, 24, is a Swiss international, becoming the second Swiss signing of the summer, after Malin Gut, and the third at the club, joining Lia Wälti. Having been born in Newport Beach, Maritz moved to Switzerland at the age of 10, and debuted for the national team at age 17, in the 2013 Cyprus Cup. She’s made 74 appearances for the Swiss national team, and has won the Champions League with Wolfsburg, as well as five Frauen Bundesliga and six DFB Pokal titles.
Indeed, the connections to Arsenal go beyond Wälti, who Maritz spoke with about the club, as Maritz has been teammates with Dominique Bloodworth for the last year, who joined Wolfsburg from Arsenal.
Maritz can play both left and right back, significantly improving Arsenal’s depth at both positions, as both Emma Mitchell and Katrine Veje have left this summer. Last year, due to injury, Arsenal essentially only had Leonie Maier to back-up Lisa Evans and Katie McCabe, with centre back Viki Schnaderbeck deputizing at full back out of necessity.
Although a defender, Maritz contributes to the attacking phase, telling Arsenal.com, “but I also love to be up front sometimes! I’m calm on the ball and I like to play possession football, but I really enjoy the offensive part too.”
“She’s been on our radar for the last six months because she’s very proactive going forward, but again, she’s another player that’s played in Champions League finals and big games,” said manager Joe Montemurro. “She really suits the kind of player that we want at this club.”