Arsenal goalkeeper Lydia Williams pens new contract

Arsenal's Lydia Williams
Arsenal's Lydia Williams warms up prior to a FA Women's Super League clash against Aston Villa at Banks's Stadium in Walsall, England. (Photo by IMAGO / Sports Press Photo)

Arsenal have confirmed that goalkeeper Lydia Williams has signed a new contract at the club for another season.

Australian international Williams played nine games in the Women’s Super League in 2020/21. She kept seven clean sheets in the process.

Overall, she played 11 times across all competitions since signing from Melbourne City last summer.

The 33-year-old had a 64 percent save rate and controlled her box impeccably well. She often took the pressure off her defence that would sometimes comprise of a make-shift back-line due to the amount of injuries the Gunners sustained.

Williams has twice been named Australia’s Women’s Footballer of the Year. You could see her influence on a young Gunners defence guiding Leah Williamson and Lotte Wubben-Moy in front of her when she played.

The keeper also received a Save of the Season nomination for her performance against Chelsea. During the February fixture, she made a stunning low reaction stop to keep out Fran Kirby.

On penning the new deal, Williams told, “I just can’t wait to get back and see the fans now. I’ve seen everything on social media, but now I want that fan experience on the pitch and during games because that’s the one thing that I’ve missed the most.”

She is the second Arsenal player to commit her future at the Gunners this summer after Katie McCabe penned a long term deal back in May. Fellow keeper Manuela Zinsberger also extended her contract earlier this year.