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Lionesses star Alessia Russo explains her decision to swap Manchester United for Arsenal

England star Alessia Russo has explained her decision to leave Manchester United for their WSL rivals Arsenal.

Alessia Russo who is a childhood Manchester United fan, left the Red Devils and joined Arsenal on a free transfer last summer. She has only scored twice this season but has been impressive for the Gunners.

In an interview with the Guardian, Russo said she accepted Arsenal’s offer to challenge herself.

Russo told The Guardian: “You have to step out of your comfort zone. That’s what I had to do to make the next step. Football moves quickly and within the blink of an eye you find yourself somewhere else. That can be tough. But you are forced to settle in quickly, and things move so fast that you don’t even have too much time to think about it.”

She added: “You get a feeling, you get almost a gut feeling when you speak to people and have those conversations and you just kind of have to roll with it.

“The way that [Arsenal] elevate the women’s game and the work they put into the women’s team is massive. It’s a special club – you can feel it as soon as you walk through the door.”

Second-place Arsenal will play league leaders Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The Gunners are looking to win the WSL for the first time since 2019.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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