An Arsenal corner flag. Arsenal Women v Everton Ladies WSL football match, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, UK - 21 Apr 2019 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

Arsenal defender pens new deal at Meadow Park

Austrian international defender Viktoria Schnaderbeck has agreed a new contract with Arsenal according to reports on The Gunners’ official website.

Schnaderbeck, who captains her national team, joined the North London club in 2018 from German giants Bayern Munich and helped guide Arsenal to the FA Women’s Super League title in the 2018/2019 season.

Upon signing her new deal, Schnaderbeck told official Arsenal media sources “I’m truly very happy to finally make it official.

“It just feels so right to stay with this club with the philosophy, with the staff and players, and it’s both the big picture and the small details that feel right to me.”

Throughout the 2019/2020 campaign, Schnaderbeck has made 20 appearances across the board and following the extension of her contract, that number could increase with The Gunners yet to complete their UEFA Women’s Champions League participation. It was announced earlier this month that the remainder of the 2019/2020 UEFA Women’s Champions League will be going ahead in Spain and Arsenal face a difficult quarter-final tie against French runners-up Paris Saint-Germain. With the early completion of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and Arsenal’s final position of third being confirmed, their only remaining route into next year’s competition is through winning the UEFA Women’s Champions League outright.

Arsenal currently have a squad of 17 available for the UEFA Women’s Champions League, however, with Emma Mitchell likely to leave this summer and Caitlin Foord probably being added along with some academy players, this figure could change. With the confirmation that clubs won’t be able to bring in any new players to compete in the final stages of the tournament, keeping hold of players who have served them so well thus far could prove to be invaluable.

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