Lydia Williams of Arsenal Arsenal Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women, WSL football match, Meadow Park Stadium, Borehamwood, UK - 18 Oct 2020 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Williams confirms continuation of Arsenal talks ahead of milestone cap for Australia

Arsenal goalkeeper Lydia Williams says that discussions over her future at the LV Bet Stadium are continuing.

The 34-year-old stopper is out of contract with the North Londoners this summer. Arsenal confirmed that talks were ongoing over Williams’ future a fortnight ago and the player has this morning confirmed that the position hasn’t changed, although her smile might be taken as a possible indication that she will sign on again with The Gunners.

When asked about the position in a Football Australia Media press conference, Williams smiled and said “We are still going through contract negotiations at the moment so we will see.”

Williams will make her 100th senior international appearance for Australia should she play in either of the fixtures against Spain and Portugal over the course of the next week. The player says that she is refreshed and will use the experience almost as pre-season for a return to European football, another hint that Williams will be an Arsenal player in 2022/2023.

She said “I’ve had a break so coming back into it, I suppose it’s evolving into our pre-season as well, going back into European football.

“For me, it is about getting back into it, being with the team again – this is my favourite team to play for. I am just really excited to be back here.

“There’s a fresh bunch of faces so they are getting an insight into what playing for the Matildas is like. We definitely need more people coming through and it is exciting to see what we will produce in training and in games.”

Williams is The CommBank Matildas’ longest-serving player of all-time and is poised to become the first female senior international goalkeeper to reach 100 caps for Australia. The player said that the achievement is beyond her wildest dreams.

“To be honest, I never thought I would come this far so it’s an honour and a privilege,” Williams said. “I think I have been around for everyone’s first cap so that is more special for me, seeing how everyone has developed.

“One hundred caps is really cool, I would have never believed you if you had told me that when I was first playing.”

Australia face Spain in Huelva on Saturday evening before travelling to Estoril to face Portugal on Tuesday.

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