Leah Williamson and Kim Little take satisfaction as Arsenal sink Chelsea to finish trophy wait

Leah Williamson toasted an finish to Arsenal’s trophy drought as England’s Euro 2022 captain helped the Gunners topple Chelsea within the Ladies’s League Cup closing.

The chief of the Lionesses is vice-captain of Arsenal, with the 25-year-old having been a part of the facet that gained the 2018-19 Ladies’s Tremendous League.

Sunday’s success at Selhurst Park was the primary silverware the workforce have gained since that league championship, with captain Kim Little scoring from the spot in a 3-1 win over Emma Hayes’ Blues.

Australia star Sam Kerr headed Chelsea right into a second-minute lead, with the facet from west London trying to comply with up their FA Cup victory over Arsenal from seven days earlier.

Nonetheless, Arsenal turned it round, with Swedish ahead Stina Blackstenius slotting a Sixteenth-minute equaliser earlier than Scottish midfielder Little netted a penalty eight minutes later after Katie McCabe was tripped.

An personal objective from Niamh Charles in first-half stoppage time turned out to be the sport’s closing objective, giving Arsenal a record-extending sixth triumph within the competitors.

Williamson mentioned of the outcome: “I really feel good, you’ve bought to interrupt the chain in some unspecified time in the future so at present was that day.”

Happy skipper Little instructed BBC Sport: “I’m so happy with the workforce. Off the again of final week’s outcome we wanted to show it round, and we had a very good week’s coaching and talked about plenty of issues we wanted to be higher at.

“I used to be considering after they scored, ‘what may we have now executed to cease that?’, as a result of it was such a very good objective. However as a result of it was so early we simply wanted to reset and we did that, and the remainder of our first-half efficiency was fairly particular and that’s what gained us the match at present.

“We need to win trophies, and we’re upset in ourselves that we’ve not executed that prior to now, however right here it’s, and I’m simply pleased and happy with the women.”

Arsenal edged the sport by 1.56 to 1.20 on anticipated objectives, regardless of having simply eight objective makes an attempt to 14 by Chelsea.

Head coach Jonas Eidevall, who has delivered silverware simply 18 months into his reign, gave his coat away after the sport to a fan who had supplied the workforce encouragement after the FA Cup loss to Chelsea.

The Swedish coach defined to arsenal.com: “I mentioned, ‘Folks like you might be what make this soccer membership nice. Your optimism offers me vitality, and I may give that again to the workforce and it will probably assist our efficiency. So, you come right here and do the identical factor subsequent Sunday and we win, you’ll get my coat.’

“I’m very pleased for him, very pleased for us and now I simply must kind out a brand new coat.”