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England's Katie Chapman completes Arsenal switch

By Tony Leighton

Katie Chapman
Chapman has made 82 appearances for England

England midfielder Katie Chapman has quit American team Chicago Red Stars to return to former club Arsenal.

The 28-year-old, one of seven England internationals playing professionally in the United States, was lured back to London by the new women's Super League.

And her return to England has delighted national boss Hope Powell.

"Katie's move back home will be great for the profile of our new league. It's really positive someone of her calibre wants to play in the league," she said.

"It will also be good from an England point of view that she will be readily available rather than having to fly from America to play in internationals for us.

"It can be difficult at times to get England players released from their American clubs, so that's one problem we won't have in future with Katie."

As the mother of two young children, family and the prospect of playing in a new, semi-professional league played a significant role in Chapman's decision to return to her roots.

She's a great player and she will be a great addition to our Super League and Champions League squad

Arsenal manager Laura Harvey

"Playing with the Red Stars has been a great experience and a new challenge for me, the WPS (Women's Professional Soccer) is a great league to play in," said Chapman, who made her England debut in 2000.

"But it will be nice to be around my family and the Arsenal players again."

Arsenal manager Laura Harvey was "delighted" to see Chapman return to the club.

"She's a great player and she will be a great addition to our Super League and Champions League squad," she said.

Chapman will not be eligible for the second leg of Arsenal's Champions League tie against Serbian side ZFK Masinac on 14 October.

But the experienced midfielder, capped 82 times for her country, will be able to play in the last 16 if the Gunners go through.

The new Super League will kick off in March 2011 and matches will be played throughout the summer months.

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see also
Arsenal grab opening Euro victory
22 Sep 10 |  Women
Arsenal win Women's Premier title
09 May 10 |  Women
Everton upset Arsenal to win Cup
03 May 10 |  Women
Chapman completes Chicago switch
02 Dec 09 |  Women

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