Arsenal keen to tie down Stina Blackstenius to new contract

Arsenal striker Stina Blackstenius takes a shot on goal.
Arsenal Women striker Stina Blackstenius takes a shot on goal in a match against Wolfsburg. Kim Price/CSM/Alamy

Arsenal Women are confident in tying striker Stina Blackstenius down to a new contract and are interested in signing goalkeeper Daphne Van Domselaar from Aston Villa.

Simon Collings of the Evening Standard reported the Gunners want to keep Blackstenius at the club, with the Swedish striker’s contract up in the summer.

Collings believes Spanish giants Barcelona would be keen on signing the striker who has seven goals in 19 Women’s Super League [WSL] appearances this season.

Barcelona winger, Mariona Caldentey, is reportedly moving in the opposite direction to the Gunners, with the Spanish international also out of contract in the summer.

Jonas Eidevall is looking for an attacking reinforcement after Vivianne Miedema was confirmed to be leaving North London this summer after scoring 125 goals and 50 assists in 172 appearances.

A goalkeeper is also on their transfer list after the news on Tuesday morning that Sabrina D’Angelo will be leaving Arsenal at the end of her contract this summer, with Aston Villa interested in her signature.

Arsenal are reportedly interested in Villa goalkeeper Van Domselaar to replace the Canadian.

Van Domselaar joined Villa last summer from FC Twente, but the 24-year-old has missed the second half of the season after sustaining a hip injury in a Conti Cup match at Arsenal.

The goalkeeper has a release clause of £200,000 in her contract.

The WSL has confirmed the summer transfer window will open on June 24th and close on September 13th.

The Gunners will be hoping their announcement on Wednesday to move up to eight WSL fixtures to Emirates Stadium will become a key factor in attracting players away from rivals and title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City.

It is an upgrade on the six WSL matches they played in N7 this campaign.

A further three Champions League matches will be held at the 60,000 seater stadium if Arsenal can navigate the qualifying rounds and qualify for the group stages, a hurdle they failed to overcome this season.

If they fail to qualify for the Champions League group stages, the club will endeavour to host all 11 WSL games at the Emirates.