Keeper Manuela Zinsberger has become the latest signing by Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro, who has captured the custodian from Bayern Munich.
Zinsberger, who is aged 23, began her career with OFB-Frauenliga club SV Neulengbach, where she won the top Austrian league four years on the spin and also picked up the OFB Ladies Cup in three successive years.
The Austria ace’s dazzling displays paved the way for a switch to Germany five years ago and she then played a key role in helping Bayern win the Bundesliga in 2015 and 2016.
She said of the move:
“It’s such an amazing feeling. I know a lot of the players here. We have a really good team here with really good quality and impressive performances, so I’m looking forward to being part of it!”
Speaking to the club’s official site, Zinsberger has lifted the lid on how she found out about Arsenal’s keenness to snap her up. She said:
“My agent got a call but obviously it was one year before I was there with (compatriot) Viki Schnaderbeck, so I know most of the players and most of the staff, then it was really easy and I’m really happy to be part of this team.”
And she has admitted that she has managed to keep an eye on Arsenal’s progress despite a busy schedule with Bayern Munich. She added:
“I try to watch many games this season, but I’ve had my own games in Germany so it’s really hard. But I’ve watched some games and we’re a really good team with really good quality and performances. I’m looking forward to being part of it. Hopefully we can win the league next season.
“I know Viki the most because she’s Austrian, but also Lisa, Viv, Lia, Tabea and Pauline. I talked to Pauline twice and she said really good things and that I would be happy here — and also, they would be happy if I would change clubs! I’m really happy that I’m part of it, so I’m looking forward to it.
Manager Montemurro added of the new recruit:
“We are delighted to welcome Manuela to Arsenal. She is a world-class goalkeeper, and her achievements mirror that. Her experience and ability will be a great addition to our squad.”
The keeper has revealed that the potential to play for Montemurro played a big part in her decision to make the move. She continued:
“We had a lot of good discussions and we spoke about his philosophy, what he wants from me and what’s my part in the team. I think the most important thing is the focus he wants me to have in each session and he can help me with that”.
And her style suits the way the Gunners play the game, too:
“I’m a modern goalkeeper. I want to play rather than being a goalkeeper who plays kick and rush. I want to play with my defenders, midfielder and I think that’s the modern goalkeeper style. I like this.”