The transfer rumour mill is abuzz, and one of the most significant stories revolves around Arsenal Women’s pursuit of USWNT defender Emily Fox.
Speculation regarding the potential departure of the 25-year-old from NWSL side North Carolina Courage has gained considerable traction, with recent reports strongly indicating an impending announcement of a deal.
For ardent fans eagerly awaiting updates, an unlikely source of information emerged: Getty Images. During Arsenal Women’s warm-weather training camp in Portugal, a photograph attributed to Arsenal FC photographer David Price piqued interest. The image featured defender Leah Williamson and forward Beth Mead donning the team’s attire, while a figure in the background bore a striking resemblance to Fox.
Although the photo was later removed from Getty Images, it triggered a flurry of excitement among fans, sparking intense speculation about Fox’s anticipated official introduction to the club. Thus far, Arsenal have not made any signings in the January transfer window, heightening expectations of Fox becoming their primary addition before the transfer deadline.
Notice anything in the background of this (now-deleted from Getty) picture, Arsenal fans? 🦊😉 pic.twitter.com/NLZTSGeVKP
— Women’s Transfer News (@womenstransfer) January 7, 2024
Under the guidance of manager Jonas Eidevall, Arsenal Women currently hold the third spot in the Women’s Super League, sharing points with Manchester City and trailing reigning champions Chelsea by a mere three points.
Arsenal supporters have grown accustomed to January transfer window excitement. Last season, the club made headlines by submitting a record-breaking bid for England’s No. 1 goalkeeper, Mary Earps, from WSL rival Manchester United. However, as Earps’ future remains uncertain with her contract nearing its end at United, Arsenal appears to have shifted their focus. Paris Saint-Germain now emerges as the frontrunner for Earps’ signature in this window.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa recently finalised the signing of Arsenal defender Noelle Maritz on a two-and-a-half year deal, further fueling speculations about Emily Fox’s potential arrival. Maritz, a Swiss international boasting 113 caps, joined Arsenal from VfL Wolfsburg in 2020, registering two goals in 92 appearances for the club. The imminent arrival of Fox would undoubtedly add to the excitement surrounding Arsenal Women as they navigate the remainder of the competitive season.