By Lloyd Webb

Fara Williams believes her transfer to Arsenal Ladies was “meant to be".

The midfielder had the opportunity to join the Gunners several years ago before going on to become England Lionesses’ most-capped player.

Williams says the faith Arsenal Ladies manager Pedro Martinez Losa has shown in her was instrumental to her move to north London - although she says fate played a part.

They won the Continental Cup and that showed what they are capable of

Fara Williams

“Pedro has made me feel great as a player,” she told Arsenal Player. “He has told me the qualities I can bring and, as a player, if you have manager that is showing that trust in you and the qualities he thinks you can bring, it really shows that element of confidence that I need.

“Certainly when I first met him, he really made me feel like this is a club I need to be at. This [move] could have happened for me 10 years ago but through many different decisions I decided to go a different way. I think this is meant to be.

"I had an opportunity to come to this club and went other ways and it has brought me back, so definitely I think it is the place to be."

Williams was impressed with Arsenal Ladies last season and believes it bodes well for the future.

“They showed how close they have been in the league,” he said. “They have been unlucky not to finish in the top two.

“They dropped some silly points and I think that let them down, but they won the Continental Cup and that showed what they are capable of. It wasn’t an easy game in the Continental Cup [final] but they certainly made it look easy.”

Fara Williams in action for England
Fara Williams in action for England

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6 Jan 2016