Arsenal defender Leah Williamson has signed a new contract with the club. The 24-year-old signed a one-year extension to her deal last May after seeking assurances about the club’s level of ambition, this deal is for longer though the club, as always, won’t specify the exact length of the deal.
The Gunners have since added stats like Nikita Parris, Tobin Heath, Frida Maanum and are about to add Swedish striker Stina Blackstenius as well as an international centre-half during the January transfer window.
Williamson, a lifelong Arsenal fan, joined the club at the age of nine and made her first team debut at the age of 16. Williamson has been out since the end of November with a hamstring injury which has coincided with a downturn in form for the team. Leah is expected to return to the field in the next few weeks.
“It’s a dream come true,” Leah 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.”
“It’s wonderful news that Leah has signed a new deal,” said head coach Jonas Eidevall. “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.”
“This is a hugely important day for Arsenal Women,” said head of women’s football Clare Wheatley. “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.”