Arsenal snap up hot-shot Hibee Weir

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Hibernian Ladies midfielder Caroline Weir has secured a move to Arsenal.

The 18-year-old has been in stunning form for the Hibees this term, scoring 14 goals from just 12 appearances.

She was catapulted into the national side, picking up her first cap in the recent friendly against Iceland and quickly followed it with another against European champions Germany.

Now after winning a move to Shelly Kerr’s Gunners, the youngster is acutely aware of the hard work ahead of her.

She said: “I’m really excited about moving to such a big, successful club and I cannot wait to get started. I’m looking to play first-team football but I’m realistic enough to know that it won’t happen straight away. Arsenal is undoubtedly amongst the biggest clubs in the women’s game and getting to play alongside so many talented players every day was the biggest reason for signing.

“However, I’m trying not to think too much about them as it can be a bit overwhelming when you see how well known and successful they have been. The Women’s Super League is such an exciting competition and playing against so many great players can only help my development.

“The club have been great helping me settle in and it certainly helps that I know a few of the Scottish girls.”

Weir, who starts a degree course in psychology at Hertfordshire University in September, joins Arsenal at the same time as fellow Scotland internationalist Emma Mitchell.

Both girls will have no problem settling in London given the number of Scots in Kerr’s side, but Weir knows there will be comparisons made between herself and another former 
Hibee – Kim Little, who joined Arsenal in 2007.

“It would take a lot to emulate Kim’s success because she is the best player to ever come out of Scotland,” said Weir.

The former Dunfermline High School pupil admits it was an emotional afternoon when she pulled on a Hibs shirt for the last time.

“I’d been at Hibs since I was ten, so it was very emotional day when I came off at the end of the game.”