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Leah Williamson: Arsenal and England defender signs new Gunners deal

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Arsenal and England defender Leah Williamson has signed a new deal with the Gunners.

Williamson initially joined the club 19 years ago, and has gone on to make 232 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 15 goals.

She is Arsenal’s vice-captain alongside Kim Little, and has won the WSL title, four Conti Cups and two FA Cups with the Gunners.

“Everyone knows what Arsenal means to me, but I think every time I sign a new contract, I feel that love ignite all over again,” she told the club’s official website.

“I’m very happy to be staying – this is a place where I can still continue to grow, develop and be challenged. As a group, we’re all very focused on bringing more silverware to this club and I can’t wait to get started again when the new season comes around.”

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Highlights of the Arsenal’s final WSL game of the season against Brighton

Williamson returned from an ACL injury in February, having missed a large part of the 2023/24 campaign. The injury saw the England captain miss out on the 2023 Women’s World Cup as the Lionesses finished as runners up.

She previously led her country to victory at Euro 2022, following up with the inaugural Women’s Finalissima a few months later.

Arsenal head coach Jonas Eidevall added: “Leah is an essential part of our team so we’re delighted she has signed a new contract with us. She brings us so much on and off the pitch – leadership, accountability and commitment.

Leah Williamson returned after a nine-month lay off on Wednesday night at Reading
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Leah Williamson returned after a nine-month lay off in February

“Leah has a special bond with Arsenal and I’m looking forward to continuing to work together to bring more success to this great club.”

Director of women’s football Clare Wheatley said: “Leah’s connection with Arsenal runs so deep – I can remember her as a girl in our academy many years ago, and I’m so proud of the determined, passionate woman she has become.

“We’re thrilled that Leah has signed a new deal here and I know our supporters will join me in congratulating her today.”

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