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Arsenal Women sign USWNT defender Emily Fox

Arsenal have announced the signing of Emily Fox

Arsenal Unveil New Signing Emily Fox Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Arsenal Women have announced the signing of USWNT full back Emily Fox. Fox, 25, last played for the North Carolina Courage, and started every game at the last World Cup for the United States. Capable of playing both right back and left back, she’ll fill a hole in the squad that Arsenal have been looking to fill. With Laura Wienroither rehabbing from an ACL rupture, Katie McCabe has usurped Noëlle Maritz as Arsenal’s first choice right back, and Maritz has since left the club.

Fox can play both left back and right back. For the national team, she has mostly been utilized as a right back, with Crystal Dunn’s return from pregnancy pushing Fox from left back to right back. At club level, Fox has been a left back. She was drafted as a left back by Racing Louisville with the first pick in the 2021 NWSL draft, and was then traded to the Courage before last season. At both clubs, she was primarily a left back. She played at UNC in college, where she was teammates with Lotte Wubben-Moy and Alessia Russo.

However, Fox is right footed. As a full back, she profiles well as a player who can both go on the outside but also is comfortable tucking into central spaces. She’s very capable on the ball and in possession.

Speaking tp Arsenal.com, Fox said, “It feels amazing to have signed here. When I think of Arsenal, I think of excellence, I think of a global organisation, I think of family. I think of pushing the standards of football and especially in the women’s game. It’s a huge honour to get the opportunity to represent this club and I’m excited to get started and play in front of our supporters.”

Head coach Jonas Eidevall said, “We’re delighted to bring Emily to Arsenal and I’m sure our supporters will join me in welcoming her to our club. Emily has shown impressive development over recent seasons and her strengths in both phases will make her an important addition to our squad. At international level, the experience she’s built up gives her an excellent foundation to make the transition to English football. Welcome, Emily!”