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UNC Soccer: Former Tar Heel Emily Fox signs for Arsenal

The USWNT star joins an Arsenal side looking to dethrone Chelsea in the WSL

Arsenal Unveil New Signing Emily Fox Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Former UNC and current USWNT star Emily Fox has signed for Arsenal.

The 25 year-old right back joins the Gunners in the Women’s Super League (WSL) from NWSL club North Carolina Courage. She reinforces a side that is still reintegrating injured stars, like centerback (and England captain) Leah Williamson. Arsenal recently sold right back Noelle Maritz to Aston Villa, ramping up suspicion that manager Jonas Eidevall was in the market for an upgrade. It’s hard to conjure up one better than Fox.

Emily Fox began her career at UNC in 2017 and played four seasons for the Tar Heels. During her tenure in Chapel Hill, she was a two-time ACC champion and twice national runner-up. While at Carolina, she played three seasons along her fellow Gunners Alessia Russo and Lotte Wubben-Moy. It’s never easy moving overseas, but with two former college teammates there waiting for her, the transition should be easier.

Fox fills an immediate position of need for Arsenal. The WSL was on a winter break with the Arsenal squad taking a warm-weather training camp in Portugal. They return to action this Sunday in the Women’s FA Cup fourth-round, taking on Watford. That might be too soon for Fox to feature, but she’ll surely see action in January.

Arsenal currently sit third in the WSL table behind champions Chelsea and second place Manchester City, who the Gunners beat at home earlier this season. Chelsea lost star striker Sam Kerr to a torn ACL over the winter break, so Arsenal need to hit the ground running when the season resumes to make up ground on their London rivals.

Good luck to Emily in London!