Arsenal centre-half Leah Williamson has signed a new contract with the club, ending speculation over her future. The Gunners defender, who joined the club at the age of 9, was subject to plenty of interest from top clubs in Germany and France (she has always said she could not play for another English club) but has decided to commit her future to her childhood club.
Leah’s contract was due to expire at the end of this season having last extended in the spring of 2018 but has inked new terms for the next 12 months. Her decision to sign is a huge relief for supporters who have come to identify the life long Arsenal fan with the red and white.
Aged just 24, Leah has won a league title, two FA Cups, two Conti Cups and has over 150 appearances for the club, she was also a ball girl the day Arsenal won the Champions League in 2007. Williamson told Arsenal.com, “I’ve signed because I’ve always said that this is my club,“ Leah said. “I say it’s a fairytale that I’m still here, I have won trophies and we’ve continued to compete for trophies, that’s really important to me and I think that I owe the club as well for everything they’ve given to me, and it’s time for me to give back to them.”
Clare Wheatley, head of women’s football, added: “It’s clear to everyone how much Leah loves the club and she embodies everything that we stand for on and off the pitch. We are delighted that she’s signed another contract with us, she believes in our ambitions and she’s obviously a very important part of the team and It’s a big boost for everyone – fans, team-mates and staff.”