Arsenal striker Stina Blackstenius signs new contract after Barcelona interest

Stina Blackstenius

Arsenal have confirmed striker Stina Blackstenius has signed a new deal with the club.

The 28-year-old has scored 43 goals in 83 appearances for the Gunners since joining from BK Hacken in January 2022 and has been the club's top scorer in each of the last two seasons. She has scored 18 goals in all competitions this term, including the winner in the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup final against Chelsea.

The Sweden international has also scored 31 goals for her country and was part of the team which won a silver medal at both the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. Blackstenius’ previous deal was due to expire this summer and Arsenal have fended off interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich to keep her in North London.

“I’m so happy to have signed a new contract here at Arsenal,” the forward said. “In the space of two and a half years, this club has come to feel like home – that’s thanks to my team-mates and the staff of course, but most of all because of our wonderful supporters.

"There is such a special atmosphere around this club and we are all hungry to achieve more together. Your support means the world to me and I can’t wait to get back here to go again next season.”

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Head Coach Jonas Eidevall added: “Stina is a top-class striker and I’m delighted that she has signed a new deal with us. Her goalscoring naturally takes a lot of the focus, but Stina’s game is so much more than that. She’s incredibly hard-working and brings so much to the team with her clever running and physicality. I know she’ll continue to be a huge part of what we’re building here at the club.”

Director of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley said: “We’re very happy to have agreed a new contract with Stina, who has made a hugely important contribution to the club since joining us back in 2022. Stina is an integral part of our team and consistently rises to the occasion in the most important games. I’m sure our supporters will join me in congratulating Stina and wishing her continued success here in North London.”