Arsenal sign goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese from HB Koge

Arsenal Women have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese on a permanent deal from Danish side HB Koge.

Marckese twice featured against the Gunners during last season’s Women’s Champions League, saving a penalty in one of the fixtures.

She will provide competition for current number one Manuela Zinsberger.

“I don’t think it’s really settled in yet, but it’s like a dream come true,” said Marckese.

“[Arsenal] want me to wear the crest and play on that pitch every day and walk into this facility every day with that badge and to represent the club, and that just raises it to a whole other level of it just being an absolute privilege to be in north London.”

Head coach Jonas Eidevall added: “Kaylan is an excellent goalkeeper who will bring real quality to our squad. Her performances over the past two years in Denmark show that she is ready for the challenge of playing in England and we feel that Arsenal is the right place for her to kick on. We welcome Kaylan to the club and look forward to working together this season.”

Head of women’s football Clare Wheatley said: “We’re delighted to have secured the signing of Kaylan. She has built up strong experience in European football over the last few years and will bring added quality and competition to our squad ahead of the new season. We all look forward to seeing her in an Arsenal jersey soon.”

Marckese began her career in the United States before spending a year with Icelandic side Selfoss.

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