She helped Arsenal win five Continental Cups and four FA Cups – scoring the winner in the 2016 final against Chelsea – as well as three Women’s Super League titles and one FA Premier League trophy.
Carter joined the Gunners from the Leyton Orient Centre of Excellence in 2009 and went on to make 184 appearances for the club.
Carter scored the only goal at Wembley to earn the Gunners the FA Women’s Cup at Chelsea’s expense in 2016.
Long term injury meant she wasn’t available for selection by Phil Neville when England flew to France for last summer’s Women’s World Cup and injury hindered her career progression again this season.
She also made a significant impact off the field and was awarded the PFA Community Champion Award in 2019 to mark her inspiring work supporting Arsenal in the Community
Royals manager Kelly Chambers told the club website “I am extremely excited to bring Dan to the club. I have watched her career for many years and have always loved the way she plays.”
“She is an exciting, explosive player who is definitely one to get the fans on their feet.
“Dan is a great addition to the team and also a great person to have in the group. I cannot wait to work with her and get her back to what she does best, which can be world class.”
On signing for the Royals, Carter said “I’m happy to announce that my new chapter will be with Reading Women, I’m grateful for this opportunity and I will give my all for the club and the fans. This is just the beginning, I’m ready, let’s go”.