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Arsenal are delighted to announce the signings of Jordan Nobbs from Sunderland and Steph Houghton from Leeds Carnegie.
Central midfielder Jordan Nobbs, 17-years-old, has already enjoyed significant success since graduating from Sunderland's Centre of Excellence and later joining the senior ranks. Jordan helped Sunderland to Premier League promotion and to the FA Women's Cup Final in 2009. On the international stage, she has won the European Championships with England Under-19s and has captained the national side at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 level. Jordan also comes to Arsenal fresh from being awarded the FA Young Player of The Year for 2010.
Versatile Steph Houghton, 22-years-old, can play in defence, midfield or as a striker. She joins from Leeds Carnegie, where she was part of a team to reach the FA Women's Cup Final in 2008 and win the Premier League Cup in 2010. Like Jordan, Steph is a product of Sunderland's academy system and a one time Black Cats' player. She has represented England at Under-17, Under-19, Under-20, Under-23 and is now a full international, with ten senior caps to her name.
Arsenal General Manager Vic Akers said: "I have every confidence that Jordan and Steph will be terrific additions to our team.
"Jordan is only 17-years-old but has already shown huge potential, and I'm confident that she will prove herself on the highest level, when the Champion's League gets under way in September. I should say, Jordan's signing was possible only because of the excellent relationship we enjoy with Sunderland WFC, and I would like to thank their manager Mick Mulhern for all his help with this matter.
"At Leeds and Sunderland, Steph has proven she is a terrific player, who can play in a whole range of positions. She will be a great asset to the Arsenal side."
Jordan Nobbs said: "I am chuffed to bits to be honest. Arsenal Ladies are the standout side in England, and are amongst the best in Europe. I can't wait to get started!"
Fellow new Gunner Steph Houghton added: "To have the chance to play with some of the best players in the women's game week-in-week-out is really exciting. It's a real honour to be an Arsenal player."
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