Tobin Heath is an Arsenal player. Pinch yourself. Read that sentence again. Yes. It’s real. And FYI - she’s a Gooner.
England international Anita Asante said on Sky Sports News’ deadline day coverage that the U.S. international who left Manchester United over the left was rumored to be joining the Gunners on a free transfer. Asante hedged and backed off her report, but the official Sky Sports WSL account has since tweeted the same — that Heath has signed for Arsenal.
Heath, a two-time World Cup winner, two-time gold medalist, two-time NWSL champion, and three-time NCAA champion will become the first U.S. woman to play for Arsenal since Heather O’Reilly spent a year-and-a-half in North London from 2017-18.
Heath is the latest in an impressive list of summer additions to the Arsenal women’s roster and joins Frida Maanum, Mana Iwabuchi, Nikita Parris, and Simone Boye Sorensen as the new faces at Meadow Park. I suppose you can throw new Head Coach Jonas Eidevall onto the list of new faces as well.
Eidevall will have his work cut out for him trying to figure out how best to deploy Arsenal’s absurd amount of attacking talent, but that’s a very good problem to have. Adding Tobin Heath to a mix that already includes Viv Miedema, Beth Mead, Nikita Parris, Kim Little, Katie McCabe, Caitlin Foord, Mana Iwabuchi, Jordan Nobbs, Frida Maanum, and Kim Little seems almost unfair. That is a lot of offensive firepower.
Aidan will take a more in-depth, tactical look at exactly how Eidevall might deploy his embarrassment of attacking riches later this week. And he’s somewhat of a Tobin Heath expert having supported her for years on the Portland Thorns.
For now, we can all be super-hyped for another superstar joining the Arsenal women. I’m absolutely buzzing.