Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger has signed a one-year contract extension which will keep at the club until 2024.
The Austrian international has been a revelation for the women’s team since joining Arsenal from Bayern Munich in May 2019 and is on her way to 100 appearances for the club.
The club confirmed the news on Monday before Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Women’s Champions League quarter-final at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.
Zinsberger says it was not a tough decision to extend her stay with the club.
“It wasn’t a tough decision [to re-sign] at all,” I’m happy at the club and I’m thankful for what I’ve achieved so far as a person, on and off the pitch. So for me, it’s always good to be competitive with my team together, but also with my little GK group.
“So, yeah, it wasn’t a tough decision at all. I’m happy that I’m staying for another season and looking forward to the game.”
The Arsenal women’s number one goalkeeper spent five years at Bayern Munich before arriving in north London in 2019, helping the German side to two league titles.
“It’s always good to come back. I played at Bayern for five years and it’s been a long time. I’m also thankful that Bayern brought me up for all those years and how I developed myself. I love Bayern Munich and I also love Munich itself – it’s close to my family.
Despite the narrow defeat, Jonas Eidevall says he is proud of his team.
“Our players were really good, we were really brave on the ball and we represented Arsenal in such a good way in the second half. We are proud of that even though we are very disappointed with the result. We are going to do everything in our power to turn it around next week.
“Part of me is proud because it was a really good performance, but part of me is disappointed because we need to be more efficient with our chances.
“Part of me is very angry. I am not sure whether VAR was working tonight. Otherwise it was someone who was sitting and not looking at the pictures because there were clear and obvious penalty situations – two of them. I think that is unacceptable.”
The Arsenal’s women coach believes his team is capable of turning around the tie in the second leg but calls for efficiency in front of goal.
“We need to score a goal! At least two. But Bayern are a very, very good counter-attacking team – you saw that tonight. A little bit of you feels danger when you attack because you know they can hit you on the counter.
“But you need to be brave on the ball, make good decisions and keep them low down the pitch.”
The reverse fixture will take place on March 29 at the Emirates Stadium at 8pm UK.