The Republic of Ireland captain has played 193 times for us after transferring from Shelbourne to the club in December 2015, appearing 193 times and scoring 31 goals.
During her time at Arsenal, Katie won two FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cups, one Women’s FA Cup, and one Barclays FA Women’s Super League championship.
Having played a significant role in our 38 appearances across all competitions last season, helping us win the Conti Cup, advance to the semifinals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, and finish third in the WSL. Throughout the final stages of the campaign, Katie frequently wore the captain’s armband.
In her first interview after signing her name, the Republic of Ireland captain was joined by Emma Byrne, a legend of Arsenal and a fellow Irishwoman, to discuss her eight years at the team and why it still feels like home.
On the official Arsenal page, McCabe speaks about her reasons behind signing her new deal:
“It’s exciting,” said McCabe, looking ahead to the future. “It’s crazy to think when I first came over and you picked me up from Luton Airport, that we’d actually be sat here now.
“Right at the start, when I was just a little kid in Dublin, you talked me into that Arsenal contract! And I’m still here.”
This summer, McCabe has become our women’s team’s eighth player to agree to a new contract, demonstrating renewed confidence in the project that is being built here.
“Given the fact that a lot of us are staying, we know our philosophy and how we want to play in the Arsenal way.
“Of course, we want to win things, but we want to do it our way as well, so that’s gonna be really important for us coming into the season.”
I’m here to stay 😍 Thank you for the love! Nearly 8 years already at this special club and I believe the best is yet to come for us!
See you on Sunday😁❤️🤍 pic.twitter.com/PmRS63Yq6b
— Katie McCabe (@Katie_McCabe11) September 29, 2023
Katie was honored for her outstanding performance by being named our 2022–23 Player of the Season presented by Mastercard, winning the WSL Goal of the Season award for her spectacular goal against Manchester City at Meadow Park on April 3, 2023, and being included in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Team of the Season.
Additionally, she is a 2023 Ballon d’Or nominee as well as In the summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Katie led the Republic of Ireland as their captain and scored the team’s first-ever goal in the event with an incredible strike straight from a corner.
In an official Arsenal interview head coach Jonas Edival explains his excitement for the player’s extension
“Katie McCabe brings us so much on and off the pitch, so we are delighted to say that she has signed a new contract here with us. She has been one of the top performers in world football over the past few years and her quality and character are integral to what we do here.
“We were very proud to see how she stepped up as captain when called upon last season and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together moving forward.”