Lia Walti, who plays for Arsenal and Switzerland’s national team as a midfielder, has declared that she will be stepping away from the game for a period to recover from mental and psychological fatigue
Lia Walti, who plays as a midfielder for both Arsenal and the Swiss national team, has decided to take a break from football due to suffering from mental and psychological exhaustion caused by personal issues.
She has been an important player for Arsenal this season, contributing to their fight for the Women’s Super League and the Women’s Champions League.
Nevertheless, Walti feels that her mental state has affected her performance and concentration, so she has decided to take a temporary personal break to recover.
Walti had recently been on national team duty with Switzerland, but has now requested a break from both her club and country to take some time off.
Taking to social media, Walti wrote: “For personal reasons, the last weeks and months have been difficult, and mentally and psychologically exhausting. It has been a huge challenge to maintain the focus and trying to perform on my “usual level” every day. Therefore, I have asked my club and the national team for a short personal break. I left the national team today and will take some time off and try to focus on my well-being and will, hopefully, come back recovered and with my batteries recharged.”
Walti’s absence from football due to her personal break means that Arsenal will not have her in their lineup for the upcoming Women’s Super League game against Manchester United, and it is likely that she will also miss the first leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final against Wolfsburg.