Nikita Parris joins Arsenal from Lyon after two successful seasons in France


Nikita Parris joins Arsenal from Lyon in a deal worth up to £86,000, with the England star returning to the WSL after two successful seasons in France

  • Nikita Parris scored 33 goals in 53 appearances during her time with Lyon
  • Parris won the Champions League as part of a treble with the French club 
  • The 27-year-old is part of Great Britain’s squad for this summer’s Olympics  
  • Parris previously scored 49 goals in the WSL for Manchester City and Everton 

England forward Nikita Parris has joined Arsenal from Lyon, the clubs have announced.

The 27-year-old former Manchester City player is returning to the Women’s Super League after two seasons with Lyon, during which time she scored 33 goals in 53 appearances and won the 2019-20 Champions League as part of a treble.

She has netted 14 times in 52 England caps and is currently part of the Great Britain squad for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.

Nikita Parris has joined Arsenal from French side Lyon in a deal worth up to £86,000

Nikita Parris has joined Arsenal from French side Lyon in a deal worth up to £86,000

Parris scored 49 goals in the WSL playing for previous clubs Everton and Manchester City

Parris scored 49 goals in the WSL playing for previous clubs Everton and Manchester City

Parris said in quotes on Arsenal’s official website: ‘I’m very happy to be here, Arsenal has an unbelievable history and I want to be a part of this.

‘I want to achieve all domestic titles and compete in the Champions League here. I’m happy to be back in the WSL which has grown and improved so much since I left.’

New Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall said: ‘I’m very pleased to have signed Nikita and add to our strong strike force.

‘She is a talented player and has a winner’s mentality and I’m looking forward to working with her once she returns from the Olympics.’

New Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall is excited about working with the England star

 New Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall is excited about working with the England star

Lyon announced on their official website that Parris had moved for £69,000, which could increase to £86,000.

Prior to her switch to France, Parris was the WSL’s all-time top-scorer with 49 goals across her time with Everton and City – a total that was subsequently surpassed by Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema.

Parris, the 2019 FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year, helped City win the 2016 WSL, two FA Cups and two League Cups.

She arrives at Arsenal with the club having finished third in the WSL last season to secure a return to the Champions League.