Leah Williamson doesn’t mind admitting she shed tears of joy when Arsenal won the Women’s Super League title. And she may well have a few more tears in her eyes when the Gunners get their hands on the silverware tomorrow (Saturday).
For head coach Joe Montemurro’s triumphant outfit are set to hold the trophy high after they host Manchester City at Meadow Park, home of Boredom Wood, in the final league outing of the campaign, with a 12.30pm kick-off.
It was City who pushed the Gunners all the way in the race for the title and it is manager Nick Cushing’s side who will claim runners-up spot tomorrow whatever the result, with Chelsea coming in third in the standings.
Williamson proved to be a big contributor as Arsenal claimed the title with a win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium last week. And the influential defender, 22, confesses the title-clinching victory brought all her emotions flooding out.
She told the club’s official website: “I felt a bit silly because I started crying on the pitch at the end. But I won’t apologise for having that emotion after winning the title for the club I love. It’s all I’ve wanted to do since I’ve joined this team. I joke about it a lot, but it’s true!
“When I was a youth player growing up I thought I could just wander into Arsenal and win trophies, but it’s not that easy because the game has developed so much. To win that out there in a competitive league is unbelievable. I thought it might come sooner when I was younger, but the fact it’s taken this long almost makes it sweeter. I’m all out of emotion.”
Arsenal had to endure a worrying crop of injuries during the season but overcame the adversity to taste the ultimate victory. And Williamson added: “That’s whats even greater, because we’ve had a crazy season with injuries. It’s easy to forget that when the trophy is in the cabinet. It’s easy to forget that at one stage we were down to ten senior outfield players.
“Those two defeats to City and Chelsea either side of Christmas was during the readjustment period. Credit to us for not dropping points to any other side, but losing those two games was probably good for us in the long run because we knew there was no room for error going forward, so we’ve played every game like a cup final.
“I do just wish we could have played that City game more towards the start of the season when we were on a great run playing unbelievable football. But Joe always tells us, good teams have to learn to win hard and we’ve had to do that in losing a player like Jordan. A lot of teams would crumble in those circumstances but we didn’t.”