'We’ve sent out a message to everyone'

Rachel Yankey with Leah Williamson

By Lloyd Webb

Leah Williamson believes Arsenal Ladies' unbeaten run in the Continental Cup has “sent a message to everyone”.

The Gunners have beaten Women's Super League rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Birmingham City to reach their fifth consecutive final, against Notts County on Sunday.

The Lady Pies are the only other side to have won all seven of their games in the competition, but Williamson says the Gunners are full of confidence going into the decider at New York Stadium.

“I think as a footballer you want to be in the final,” she told “You want to play in games so it is a good thing.

"I can go where half the game has dropped out and maybe that works to my advantage"

Leah Williamson

"The girls really can’t wait and we are looking forward to it. We feel fantastic in the squad. We have sent out a message to anyone that wants to play us.”

Williamson deputised at left back in Arsenal's semi-final victory against Birmingham, but the midfielder insists she feels comfortable playing in either position after returning from a spell on the sidelines.

“I have been injured recently so it is kind of my way back into the starting XI," Williamson said. "I definitely was not going to turn that down that opportunity.

“The main difference is that I suppose you kind of take away 180 degrees of the game.

"There is nothing over my shoulder and I can see everything. It is easier in that sense but being the last line of defence, there is more pressure on that role and that position.

“I can go where half the game has dropped out and maybe that works to my advantage. There is pros and cons. I definitely don’t prefer it but I’m comfortable doing it."

Leah Williamson


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