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Leah Williamson: England captain signs ‘multi-year’ contract with Arsenal – BBC Sport



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Image caption, Leah Williamson (centre left) made nine Women’s Super League appearances for Arsenal last season after returning from serious injury

  • Author, Emma Smith
  • Role, BBC Sport journalist

England captain Leah Williamson has signed a new multiple-year contract with Women’s Super League side Arsenal.

The 27-year-old defender has spent her entire senior career with the Gunners, who have not revealed how long the deal is for, making 232 appearances since 2014.

Williamson, who captained the Lionessess to victory at Euro 2022, has also won the WSL and two FA Cups with Arsenal.

“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 said.

She added that she is “very happy to be staying”.

“This is a place where I can still continue to grow, develop and be challenged,” she said.

“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.”

Williamson, who previously signed a new deal with Arsenal in 2022, has re-established herself as a key player for Arsenal since suffering a knee ligament injury which ruled her out of the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Arsenal head coach Jonas Eidevall said: “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 has a special bond with Arsenal and I’m looking forward to continuing to work together to bring more success to this great club.”

Arsenal have not specified the length of Williamson’s new contract, but confirmed to BBC Sport that it is a “multiple-year” deal.

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