Chloë joins from Women’s Super League and local rivals Birmingham City Women.
Words: Regan Foy | @findfoy
Aston Villa Women have completed their first summer signing in the form of Scotland international Chloë Arthur from Women’s Super League and local rivals Birmingham City.
Arthur becomes the fourth signing to come from the other side of the city in two seasons, joining Emma Follis, Marisa Ewers and Shania Hayles in making the jump across the Second City.
Arthur has previously played for Celtic, Hibernian and Bristol City, meaning she has a wealth of experience in top flight Women’s football.
Head coach Gemma Davies attested to this when speaking about the new signing.
“Chloë is a current Scottish International, who has an abundance of Super League experience.
She is a technical player, with an ability to weave out of tight spaces when under pressure.
I feel there is a lot more to come from Chloë and I’m excited to see how she develops in a Villa shirt.”
The club are headed in a strong direction, as detailed many times by ourselves at Under A Gaslit Lamp, and Arthur seems to agree – detailing the ambition of the club as one of the main reasons to sign.
“It’s good to finally be here after lock down and it feels great to put pen to paper.
The professionalism and ambition of the club and those involved excited me and it offers me a fresh start at a new club.
The main aim for me is to enjoy football – it’s easy to go through low patches, so a new start and new challenge will allow me to enjoy myself.”
Arthur has appeared over fifty times for Scotland at various levels, including the senior side – making her debut in 2015 in a 4-0 win against Northern Ireland.
Mainly a midfielder, Chloë has appeared for her national team at full-back too. This offers an ever-changing dynamic to the squad alongside the likes of Marisa Ewers, who appeared at centre-back at times last season, and Jodie Hutton, who stepped in as a right-back after the injury to Asmita Ale last season.
Marc Skinner, her former manager at Birmingham and current Head Coach at Orlando Pride, said when he signed Chloë that she had the potential to be “one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the country” and one of the “best players in the Women’s Super League”.
Join us in welcoming the 25-year-old as the clubs first signing!