Arsenal have confirmed that Leah Williamson has signed a new contract at the club. The 24-year-old defender who can also operate in midfield was out of contract this summer however, the Milton Keynes native has decided to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Williamson who is currently out with a hamstring injury has been with the Gunners since she was 9, and has gone on to make 179 appearances to date for the north London side.
Williamson signed a new contract last summer but only for one more year seeking that the club improve its all-round structure.
With Nikita Parris, Tobin Heath and Frida Maanum signing and with the Gunners currently top of the WSL, it shows a real sign of ambition with the defender deciding to stay at her childhood club was the right decision.
Williamson has also been capped by England 24 times and has captained her country on four occasions including against Northern Ireland at Wembley Stadium in October.
She made her Arsenal debut against Birmingham City in the UEFA Women’s Champions League at the age of 16 and has become a crucial member of the squad as well as a fan’s favourite.
During her time at the club, Williamson has helped the club win the 2018/19 Barclays FA Women’s Super League, two Continental Tyres League Cups and two Women’s FA Cups.
On signing the new deal Williamson told Arsenal.com “It was a dream come true the first time that I signed here and the feeling hasn’t changed. I’m as grateful as ever to have the opportunity to do what I do here – at home – and I’m very proud to continue to represent my family playing for Arsenal and to wear the badge.”
Jonas Eidevall went on to add “It’s wonderful news that Leah has signed a new deal, as well as being a key player for us right now, she is also an integral part of our plans for the future – a player for us to build Arsenal around and show the young women in our academy what can be achieved through hard work, dedication and passion. I know Leah has a special bond with the fans too – it’s so important for the supporters to identify with the players and they certainly have that in Leah.”
Head of women’s football at Arsenal Clare Wheatley also went on to explain “Leah is a crucial member of our squad and we are all delighted that she will be staying with us moving forward. This is an ambitious club and Leah has always been a vital part of our plans – I’m sure all the fans will be thrilled with the news that she has signed a new contract.”