Can Fara Williams lead Arsenal to the Super League crown in 2016?
Arsenal Ladies are one of the most successful women’s sides in England, if not the world. Prior to the 2013 season, Arsenal had won nine consecutive championships but the Gunners have failed to lift the trophy in each of the last three years.
Both Liverpool and Chelsea have really upped their game and Arsenal were at risk of being left behind unless they reacted... and boy, did they react.
Earlier this month, Arsenal Ladies announced that England legend Fara Williams would be joining from Liverpool. At 31 years old, she is coming to the end of her illustrious career, however still has plenty to give – both on and off the field.
With 148 caps for England, she truly is one of the all-time greats of the women’s game and many youngsters will look up to her as a role model in the future.
If truth be told, Williams has still got at least one or two good years left in her – which is probably why the Gunners were so desperate to sign her up to a two-year deal. Arsenal Ladies aren’t used to finishing second to anyone and this is a move that sends out a statement of intent, if nothing else.
After that signing, plenty of punters will be seeking football tips on Arsenal next season and online bookmakers, such as Coral, will be pricing Williams’ new side as one of the leading candidates for success in 2016.
Williams’ new side are perhaps the greatest Ladies side in England and are capable of beating anybody on their day. Arsenal could profit if Williams can maintain her form throughout the campaign but even if she isn’t at her very best, the Gunners still have plenty of talent to fill in.
In fact, it could well be a good year for Arsenal as the men’s side are also hunting the Premier League crown this season. At the time of writing, the Gunners are valued at 15/8 with Coral to win the title and many will give a tip of the pundit hat to those who offered football tips on both Arsenal’s men and Ladies winning their respective crowns in 2016.
While Fara Williams has been an outstanding talent throughout the last decade or so, Arsenal’s title hopes don’t necessarily rest on her shoulders this season. The Gunners have an excellent squad and enough quality to cause problems for opposing defences throughout the campaign.
Given the chance, Williams will play a key role on the field but it may turn out that her experience and advice on the training ground and in the dressing room may be Arsenal’s biggest weapon – especially for their younger players.