Arsenal Women have signed Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams from Melbourne City. The 32-year old has also taken in spells at Canberra United, Chicago Red Stars, Pitea, Western New York Flash, Washington Spirit, Houston Dash and Reign FC.
Williams has 88 caps for Australia and will challenge Manu Zinsberger for the number 1 spot. She arrives after Pauline Peyraud-Magnin left the club this summer at the expiry of her contract. She joins fellow Matildas Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley at the club as well as compatriot Joe Montemurro. Like Catley, Williams has worked under Joe Montemurro before at Melbourne City.
“To be given an opportunity to come over and play with some of the best players in the world is really exciting,” Williams told Arsenal.com. “I remember watching Arsenal as a young kid, so It’s amazing to be a part of this team. I can’t wait to meet all of my teammates.”
“This is another really important signing for us,” said head coach Joe Montemurro. “With the wealth of experience that Lydia brings, she can help the younger players that we’ve got, but more importantly she’s a big game player that will be solid and really contribute to the group.”