Arsenal have signed US women’s national team striker Tobin Heath on a free transfer, the club announced on Friday.

The two-time world champion played with Manchester United in the Women’s Super League in the 2020/21 season but saw her time in the league cut short after sustaining an ankle and then a knee injury.

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She had signed a one-year contract with the Manchester club and announced at the end of the season that she would not be returning.

“Tobin’s record speaks for itself. She is an incredibly talented player who will bring so much experience to our squad,” said head coach Jonas Eidevall in a statement.

“This is an exciting time for the club and I am delighted that we have secured Tobin’s signing as we prepare for the start of the new season at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.”

Arsenal face defending champions Chelsea in the opening game.

Heath, a lifelong Arsenal fan, returned to fitness in time to compete in the Olympics with the USWNT, where they won a bronze medal.

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The 33-year-old has played 177 international appearances and scored 35 goals in a career in which she has won two world championships, two Olympic gold medals and one Olympic bronze.

Arsenal are heading into the 2021/22 season with a fresh looking squad after a series of changes. Jill Roord, Danielle Van De Donk and Lisa Evans all left the squad while the club added Nikita Parris and Mana Iwabuchi to their forward line.

After Joe Montemurro was eliminated at the end of last season, Eidevall was appointed as his successor.