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Agyemang: "The club means everything to me"

After first joining our club at just six years old, Michelle Agyemang is officially here to stay.

The 18-year-old forward rose through the ranks of our academy to make her senior debut last season against Leicester City, and has now signed her first professional contract with the club. 

"It feels good," said Agyemang, after putting pen to paper. "I still haven't taken it all in but I'm really happy to be here at this club, full of amazing professionals, players, staff and coaches.

"The club means everything to me. Not being anywhere else, it means more to be here and to sign the contract. It really makes it special."

Our England youth international reflected back on her Arsenal journey so far, which has seen her grow on and off the football pitch. 

"I was just a little six-year-old walking in for my first trial. I was a bit nervous, but here I am today.

"Growing up, back when I first started, it was around the time of Rachel Yankey and Kelly Smith. They were big players I looked up to.

"I've made a lot of friends on the way. Some are still here, some aren't but it's been really good to see a lot of players progress as well."

Agyemang spent this past season on loan at Watford in the Women's Championship, a perfect opportunity to gain some regular experience in senior football.

"Playing in the Championship has definitely taught me to be resilient, especially as the team was going through a relegation battle. It showed me the value of three points, and then just working hard and trying to get the best possible results."

Spending time in the first-team environment at Arsenal has also been an enriching experience for Agyemang. 

"The thing I've enjoyed the most is being around such amazing players. Especially, the quality of training sessions and travelling for UWCL trips last season - that was really great. 

"The one thing that's surprised me the most is just how down-to-earth all the players are. I think the first person I met here might have been Jordan Nobbs and it was cool to see how friendly everyone was.

"I'm just really excited. It was great last season to make my debut and score as well. So I think obviously, going into next season and beyond, I just want to build up the goals and try to help the team as best as I can."

To hear more from Michelle, click the play button above. 

Player of the month

Russo wins April's women's Player of the Month

Alessia Russo has scooped her first women's Player of the Month award after our supporters chose her as April's winner.

The England striker came out on top of the vote ahead of Steph Catley, Emily Fox and Beth Mead to clinch the trophy, thanks to her excellent goalscoring form during the month.

Alessia found the net in all three of our fixtures in April, adding a total of four goals to her seasonal tally, which now stands at 14, including 10 in the WSL.

Our number 23 was in fine form against Bristol City, opening her account with a beautifully struck effort on the edge of the area before placing her second goal into the bottom corner with pinpoint accuracy.

She then also netted late on in the games against Leicester City and Everton to move into double figures in the league - the only player to have hit that mark for us this term.

Watch Alessia's best moments from the month by pressing play on the video above

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