Arsenal Ladies have announced the signing of Fara Williams from Women’s Super League One rivals Liverpool Ladies. The length of her new contract is yet to be disclosed by Arsenal, who declared the deal on their official Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon.
The 31-year-old’s move from Merseyside to North London is not likely to be bettered during the current transfer window, with Williams possessing a large amount of both talent and international pedigree.
Williams, who was recognised for her contribution towards the women’s game with an MBE in the most recent New Year Honours List, is now England’s most-capped player of all time after representing her country on 148 separate occasions. The former Chelsea woman was part of the famed squad that finished third in last summer’s World Cup in Canada, scoring the decisive penalty against Germany to earn a bronze medal.
“Fara is a great competitor and a fantastic character, too,” proclaimed Arsenal Ladies manager, Pedro Martinez Losa, before stating that the midfielder “is a player with huge experience at club and international level” while her “reading and understanding of games is fantastic.”
Arsenal Ladies just missed out on the Women’s Super League title last term, finishing five points adrift of double-winners Chelsea, but did manage to secure silverware with their fourth Continental Cup in five years when they defeated Notts County 3-0 in Rotherham.
With a plethora of exciting young talents blended with a host of experience coming from the likes of Rachel Yankey and now Williams herself, the most successful team in women’s football are likely to challenge for the title once more.
Fara played nine times for Liverpool Ladies last campaign, scoring three goals in what proved to be a dismal year for the holders. In total, the England international has won two league titles and one FA Cup in her long career.
Fara Williams becomes the Gunners’ third signing of this close-season, joining alongside promising Republic of Ireland international Katie McCabe and midfielder Danielle van de Donk. Chioma Ubogagu and goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain have departed since the end of last season.