Arsenal have completed the signing of Australian international goalkeeper Lydia Williams on a free transfer.
The 32-year-old joins fellow Matildas Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley at Meadow Park this season as The Gunners head coach Joe Montemurro has again tapped into the Australian transfer market which he knows so well.
Arsenal confirmed the move on their official Twitter account earlier this morning.
A new challenge. A new chapter.
— 🇦🇺 Ausenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) July 8, 2020
The Sydney Morning Herald have indicated that Williams has initially moved to the former Barclays FA Women’s Super League champions for one season, although it is understood that Arsenal will have an option to extend the keeper’s contract next summer by a further year.
Williams replaces former Arsenal goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin at Meadow Park. The French international left The Gunners earlier this summer following the expiry of her contract with the club and has since joined Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal’s latest arrival from Down Under has been capped by her country at senior level on no less than 88 occasions. Williams has played most of her club football in either the Australian W-League or in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States. The player had most recently been playing her football with Melbourne City, helping the club the the W-League Premiership and Championship titles last season.
Williams will challenge Austrian international goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger for the number one jersey at Meadow Park.