Women’s Super League giants Arsenal have signed Matildas star Kyra Cooney-Cross on Deadline Day following her FIFA Women’s World Cup exploits.
Arsenal have lured Australia international Cooney-Cross to London from Swedish outfit Hammarby IF on the back of the Matildas’ historic World Cup semi-final run last month in a transfer reportedly worth £140,000 ($A270,000), according to Sky Sports.
The 21-year-old A-Leagues graduate joins Arsenal’s Matildas contingent, which already includes star pair Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley.
“I’m so excited to join this club,” said Cooney-Cross, who made her Liberty A-League debut as a 15-year-old for Melbourne Victory in 2017.
“Arsenal just felt right as soon as I heard about the interest.
“I’m really looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium in front of a big crowd for our first game there this season.
“I can’t wait to get started and help us achieve something big together.”
Cooney-Cross starred for Victory across two separate spells, winning a Premiership and a Championship, having also played for Western Sydney Wanderers in between.
She earned a move to Hammarby last year and helped the club win the 2022-23 Swedish Cup.
“Kyra is one of the best young players in world football and we are delighted to have brought her to Arsenal,” said Arsenal head coach Jonas Eidevall.
“Her passing ability and explosiveness allow her to affect games in a way you rarely see from such a young player, so we firmly believe she will be an excellent addition to our midfield, now and in the future.”
Head of women’s football Clare Wheatley added: “We are so pleased to have brought Kyra to our club.
“At the age of 21, she already has impressive experience at domestic and international level and we believe she has huge potential for future development.
“Together with our supporters, we welcome Kyra to the Arsenal family and look forward to seeing her play in the red and white.”
Arsenal, who finished third last season behind Sam Kerr’s Chelsea, host Teagan Micah’s Liverpool in their 2023-24 WSL opener on October 2.
Cooney-Cross’ arrival adds to the growing list of Australians in the WSL.
Kerr’s at Chelsea, Foord and Catley are at Arsenal with Cooney-Cross, Mackenzie Arnold calls West Ham home, Mary Fowler and Alanna Kennedy play for Manchester City, Lydia William is teammates with Mackenzie Hawkesby and Charlie Rule at Brighton and Hove Albion, Micah’s at Liverpool, Courtney Nevin and Remy Siemsen are on the books of Leicester City and then Clare Wheeler’s at Everton.