Kelly Smith is delighted to have extended her contract with the club because she is “Arsenal through and through”.

The former England forward agreed a new deal on Thursday, having helped the Gunners lift 24 trophies during her three spells with the club.

Smith initially joined Arsenal when she was 16 and she admits she felt a special affiliation with the club ever since wearing the shirt for the first time in 1996.

To be part of that and that history, I feel a bit like part of the furniture. It is just a privilege to represent such a great club

Kelly Smith

“I’m delighted to give my services to the club again,” Smith told Arsenal.com. “I’m Arsenal through and through. The injury was not how I wanted to finish the season but I’m delighted to have put pen to paper and stay at the club I love dearly.

“The club means everything to me. When Vic Akers started it over 20 years ago, I’d always wanted to play for Arsenal growing up. It was my team, my club and I managed to do that at 16 when Vic Akers recruited me.

“Ever since I first put the shirt on, I’ve been so proud to do it every time. On matchdays, you are representing, for me, the best club in England. In terms of tradition and wining trophies, you ask anyone about winning trophies in ladies football, they will say Arsenal is the best team.

“To be part of that and that history, I feel a bit like part of the furniture. It is just a privilege to represent such a great club.”

Kelly Smith
Kelly Smith

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Max Jones 25 Feb 2016