Do you see how the men’s team have like a trillion right-backs on their books? Well, with the arrival of Tobin Heath. Arsenal’s women now have three outstanding forwards for the right wing spot.
Unlike Mikel Arteta with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Cédric, Calum Chambers and the new boy Takehiro Tomiyasu, Jonas Eidevall will surely be thrilled to have such abundancy problems, given the quality of each player.
The American comes back to the Women’s Super League after her brief experience with Manchester United, whom she led to a respectable fourth-place finish in a very turbulent season, and will add skills, experience, goals and assists to an already very packed forwards’ line. Nice problems to have for the new head coach!
Nicknamed “Nutmeg Queen”, the former Portland Thorns FC star often operates as an outside forward or in midfield, preferably on the right-hand side, and has an incredible close control, which allows her to beat her opponents quite easily; excellent at carrying the ball forward and at ease with both feet, the American is one of the finest dribblers in women’s football and is often seen going into marauding runs down the flank, taking out a couple of players in the process before either squaring the ball across the box or going for goal herself.
She grew up idolising Ronaldinho and her style of play is similar to the Brazilian’s, both for the good and for the bad: she can be quite infuriating when she slows down after beating the first player, waiting for another hopeless defender to come at her, but her one-on-ones are such a joy to watch that you can easily forgive a delay in releasing the ball or losing possession.
Tobin Heath’s list of honors is simply ridiculous: two World Cups, two gold medals and a bronze at the Olympics, two US league titles and a Shield with Portland, two CONCACAF championships and a raffle of individual honors, such as being named US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year twice and being included in FIFPro World Best XI last year.
At 33 she might not be in her prime anymore but her fabulous record and her skills will prove to be a vital asset for Jonas Eidevall, who now has a very interesting set of forwards at his disposal and seemed fairly equipped to mount a serious challenge for the title, although Chelsea remain the favorites.
The opening game of the Women’s Super League season might come a bit to soon for Tobin but I expect to see her involved in the second leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Playoff against Sparta Prague, away from home, where hopefully we will be sealing our place in the group stage, and then away at Reading, in the league.
She signed a two-year deal with the Arsenal, which will see her stay until the end of 2022/23.
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Thirty-something Italian, currently in Switzerland. Gooner since mid-ninties, when the Gunners defeated my hometown team, in Copenhagen. Twelve years ago I started my own blog (www.clockenditalia.com) after after some experiences with Italian websites and football magazines. Debate, don’t insult or you’re out.