Carney and Chapman inducted into WSL Hall of Fame

Katie Chapman and Karen Carney celebrate

Arsenal legends Katie Chapman and Karen Carney have been inducted into the Women's Super League Hall of Fame, in recognition of their incredible contributions to the game. 

The WSL Hall of Fame was launched last year after the league 10th anniversary's season, and Chapman and Carney were part of this year's intake alongside Chelsea and England great, Eni Aluko. 

They join fellow Gunners Rachel Yankey, Kelly Smith, and Fara Williams in receiving the honour. Emma Hayes, the current Chelsea boss who was our assistant coach between 2006 and 2008, was also inducted last year. 

Katie Chapman

Katie Chapman played at Meadow Park for seven incredibly successful seasons.

Alongside her fellow Gunners, Chapman won five division titles, four FA Cups, two Premier League Cups, and the UEFA Cup. In late 2009, she linked up with Karen Carney in the States to play for the Chicago Red Stars, but her trip across the pond only lasted a season.

She returned to the Gunners in time for the inaugural WSL season, which we won in 2011. After helping our side complete back-to-back WSL victories the following year, Chapman took time out to give birth to her third child. She concluded her career at Chelsea at the end of the 2017/18 season. 

Our club legend also enjoyed an excellent and long-lasting international career, representing England at major tournaments from the age of 16 to 36. She was awarded the FA International Player of the Year award twice - once in 2002 and again in 2010. 

Karen Carney

Karen Carney spent three years as a Gunner from 2006 to 2009, winning the precursor to the WSL - the FA Women's Premier League - three seasons in a row.

In her second season with us, Carney was part of the squad that lifted the UEFA Women's Cup trophy at Meadow Park in 2007. Her WSL career began with the league's inaugural season in 2011, moving from Chicago Red Stars to her hometown Birmingham City. The midfielder spent four seasons at the club before finishing her playing career at Chelsea. 

With an incredible 144 caps for her country, Carney became a Lionesses legend at World Cups, European Championships, and the 2012 Olympics, scoring 32 goals in the process.

She was awarded an MBE for her services to sport in 2017 and in 2021, she was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame at Manchester's National Football Museum. 

Roll back the years with a look at Carney and Chapman's best moments in Arsenal colours in our gallery below, all captured by our club photographer David Price:

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