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Arsenal Women announce family fun day

Fans are invited to attend a unique family event on Sunday, April 1 at Boreham Wood FC’s Meadow Park, ahead of our game against Chelsea Ladies.

We’ve got lots planned, including Arsenal coaching sessions, player appearances, giveaways, an Easter egg hunt and lots more!

This free event takes place between 10am and 12pm and then our game against Chelsea Ladies kicks off at 12.30pm.

You can get your matchday tickets here

Venue details:
Meadow Park,
Boreham Wood FC,
Broughinge Road, 

The family festival will take place on Meadow Park adjacent to Boreham Wood FC.

For those travelling by car, there is plenty of local parking at a pay & display car park adjacent to the ground at Brook Road car park, Brook Road, Borehamwood, WD6 5HJ. Parking is FREE on Sundays.

Arsenal Women family fun day social

Pre-Match Report

Arsenal Women v Charlton Athletic: The Brief

We welcome Charlton Athletic to Meadow Park on Sunday afternoon, with a place in the SSE FA Women’s Cup semi-final up for grabs. 


Although they were perennial finalists during the early noughts, FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division side Charlton have only ever won this competition once - but they head into Sunday’s game in good form and with plenty of confidence.
Their 5-1 win over Cardiff City a fortnight ago was the latest in an impressive run of nine wins in a row, dating back to the start of November.
In those nine games, they have scored 45 goals - including an 11-0 thrashing of Swindon Town four months ago - and only conceded eight times.
They reached Sunday’s quarter-final with convincing wins over Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff, but it did take extra-time victories for them to edge past Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers.


“Charlton are a bit of an unknown but you can be sure we’ve done our research on them. This is an SSE Women’s FA Cup quarter-final but they’ll be treating it like a final. We just need to be very cautious and smart, and make sure we play our football,” Joe Montemurro said.
“We want to win every game no matter who it is. We need to be professional and we need to be smart. We’ll have to manage the game well and I believe we’re playing with a good structure that will take us to the next level.
“You’ve got to manage all the different emotions and situations that are put to you, and the one who manages it better is the one who goes through and wins on the day.”


We last faced Charlton Athletic back in September 2008, when Rachel Yankey’s hat-trick inspired us to a League Cup first-round win at Meadow Park.
The former winger scored from Alex Scott’s cross less than a minute into the game, before our current club captain provided another assist for Gilly Flaherty just 10 minutes later.
Kim Little then scored direct from a corner, with Kelly Smith making it four moments later. Kimberley Dixon and Rosie Webb then reduced our advantage, but Yankey struck twice in quick succession to secure our progression to the second round.
We would go on to lift the trophy that season, with Smith scoring a hat-trick during our 5-0 win over Doncaster Rovers Belles in the final, as we won our 10th Women’s League Cup under Vic Akers.


We will be providing live updates on our Twitter account - @ArsenalWFC
Kick-off is at 2pm (UK time)


‘It was probably one of my proudest moments’

Leah Williamson has already experienced plenty of highs in her fledgling career.

From receiving her first England call-up back in November to signing a new long-time contract with us on Thursday, the 20-year has had her fair share of moments to savour, but a couple in particular stand out.
“Definitely the FA Cup win at Wembley,” she told Arsenal Player. “It was my first final at that stadium, the first time I’ve ever played at that stadium, it was just an absolute dream come true.

“I really think the other night, winning the Continental Cup against a top side, was the first time that we’ve really delivered on that stage. We’ve got everything we need now to push on and it really does feel like the start of something really good for this team. I’m just really proud of the girls, so the other night was probably one of my proudest moments.
“I think we’re all reminded of what Arsenal Ladies were back in their heyday and we have taken our foot off the pedal a little bit. We’ve still managed to bring home silverware, which shows what’s inside here, and I think that’s down to the character of some people we have here.
“Now, with the manager, the facilities, everything is really coming together. We’ve been talking about really reaching those heights together, and I think we really can now we’ve got everything we need.”

Continental Cup 2018


Williamson signs new long-term deal

Leah Williamson signs her new contract

Leah Williamson has signed a new long-term contract, securing her future with us.

Leah first joined our Centre of Excellence programme as a nine-year-old. Since then, she has gained a wealth of experience and despite still only being 20 years old now, Leah has become a vital part of the squad. 

She also recently received her first England senior call-up after establishing herself while representing the national youth teams.
Manager Joe Montemurro said, “We are delighted that Leah has committed her future with us. She brings so much quality to the team, her passionate, hard-working attitude is important both on and off the pitch, and for a young player, she plays with so much knowledge and experience.”

Leah Williamson signs her new contract


‘It's where I want to be… I couldn’t be happier’

Leah Williamson has been Arsenal through and through her whole life.

Having grown up as a Gunners fan, she was our mascot when we won the Uefa Women’s Cup in 2007 and after progressing through our academy sides, made her first-team debut alongside childhood hero, Kelly Smith.
Williamson has since established herself as a key figure in our side and the 20-year-old was understandably delighted to have signed a new long-term contract on Thursday.
“It feels unbelievable,” she told Arsenal Player. “This is obviously my club, the team that I’ve supported my whole life, and I couldn’t be happier to be here. I definitely wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
“Obviously there’s loads to consider. I’m young, we had a change in manager and things like that, but I couldn’t be happier with the appointment. Joe’s a great guy and he’s taught me a lot already. I can feel myself growing week in, week out, so by the end there’s absolutely no hesitation. This is where I want to be.
“Even putting on the training kit, coming to work every day, being in these facilities - I know how lucky I am, especially to be in my position at my age. To be at a club where I am actually a fan, I’m just blown away all the time.
“I’m very passionate about Arsenal. I’m obviously very passionate about football but to do in an Arsenal shirt, to perform in an Arsenal shirt - I want to give everything I can for the club and the [Continental Cup win] felt like a real turning point. We can really push on from that and I really hope that’s the start of something new.”


In pictures: Leah Williamson's career so far

Leah Williamson

Leah Williamson committed her future to us by signing a new long-term deal on Thursday.

The 20-year-old has already experienced so many memorable moments since breaking into our first-team squad, and our club photographer was there every step of the way.

Check out all the best pictures from Leah's career so far below:


Confirmed date for WSL game against Sunderland

We are pleased to confirm that our postponed Women’s Super League match against Sunderland has now been rearranged.

The fixture, which was postponed to allow our SSE Women’s FA Cup game against Charlton to be rescheduled, will now take place on Wednesday, May 16 at Mariners Park, South Shields FC. Kick-off will be at 7pm.

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