Laia Codina, a center-back who helped Spain win the World Cup, will join Arsenal. The 23-year-old wanted to move out to play more first-team football. Hence her wish is going to be fulfilled as the Gunners and Barcelona have reached an agreement. Codina is expected to join the team after Spain’s 1-0 victory over England in the Women’s World Cup final in Sydney. During the competition, Codina regularly represented Spain in place of Mapi Leon, who has been under suspension from the national team since September of last year. Codina will be the second center-back that Arsenal has acquired this summer after Amanda Ilestedt.
Arsenal to sign FIFA Womens World Cup 2023 winner Laia Codina
To acquire Spanish defender Laia Codina, Arsenal Women and Barcelona Femini have reached an agreement. At the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the 23-year-old center-half was an integral part of the World Cup-winning Spain women’s team. Moreover Laia Codina is going to complete her medicals this week. Leah Williamson’s injury prior to the start of the upcoming season and Brazilian centre-back Rafaelle joining Orlando Pride have forced Arsenal to rebuild their defensive unit.
In the current World Cup’s round of 16, Spain thrashed Switzerland 5-1 thanks to a goal from Codina. Alongside Irene Parades, the right-footed centre back plays on the Spanish defense’s left side. Maria Tikas, a prominent Barcelona Femeni journalist, added her confirmation that the Spaniard will join Arsenal this week.
We might anticipate an Amanda Ilestedt and Laia Codina defensive partnership after a Rafaelle and Leah Williamson partnership from the previous season. Ilestedt left PSG at the end of the previous season to become a free agent. Therefore She joined Arsenal a few weeks ago on a free transfer. Visiting Australia and New Zealand for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, the Swede impressed the crowd. Her country’s team advanced to the semifinals before losing to Codina’s Spain. However she scored four goals for sweden as they finish third in the tournament.
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