LEAH WILLIAMSON says Arsenal’s disappointing FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea set fire to the Gunners’ bellies.
The Meadow Park centre-back spoke after her side turned that heat on Aston Villa in a 7-0 demolition.
The Gunners’ epic victory ensured the title race will reach the final ahead of the leaders’ away game against Birmingham.
And the team increased their goal tally to 106 under Jonas Eidevall.
Williamson said: “The loss to Chelsea really disappointed us because we played well and then it just exposed us a little bit.
“Since then you can see we’ve got a bit of a fire in our stomachs to make things right.
“And we keep the pressure up. We want to do it convincingly and we did that against Aston Villa.”
The game was preceded by an honor guard for Anita Asante.
The ex-Gunner and Lionesses heroine was presented with a framed photo portrait celebrating her achievements.
Williamson added: “Anita is a credible footballer.
“When I was younger I was told that I should watch her quite a bit because of the way she plays and how I have the potential to play.
“It’s a shame for England that we haven’t seen her in a Lionesses shirt more often because she is an incredible talent and someone I really looked up to and was happy to see.”
‘We want you to stay,’ were the chants welcoming Vivianne Miedema during Arsenal’s demolition of her rival, with speculation about her future at the club.
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The chants were hardly surprising given the deadly form the Dutch forward finds himself in along with the Gunners front line.
The WSL ace scored Arsenal’s first two goals within 13 minutes before a Rachel Corsie own goal made it 3-0 in the 52nd minutend Minute.
Beth Mead struck in Arsenal’s fourth goal with a stunning performance in the top corner nine minutes later and Lotte Wubben Moy struck from close range moments later.
And Stina Blackstenius made a six in the closing stages of the game just before Nikita Parris trickled in a penalty in the 90th minute.
Arsenal’s victory was marred by a fitness blow when Jordan Nobbs went off in the second half.
The player seemed uncomfortable before leaving the pitch with an emotional expression on his face, receiving a standing ovation from the fans.
And there are fears this could be an issue ahead of Euros as the player has been included in Sarina Wiegman’s recent Lionesses squad.
Ex-Arsenal ace Leanne Sanderson said Sky Sports: “It’s really sad because Jordan had quite a lot of injuries.
“And she seems to pick them up as soon as a big tournament comes up.
“Fair play for Jordan. She tried to keep playing (against Aston Villa) but things didn’t look good.
“It looked like a non-contact injury, it looked like her knee.
“She tried to keep playing and I know Jordan very well, she’s an old teammate of mine and she’s got that fight in her.”
Carla Ward reckons Villa’s loss to Arsenal was one of the biggest she’s ever suffered as a manager.
And she vowed her side would dust off ahead of their season-ending clash with Birmingham.
Ward said: “I think it was our worst performance of the season.
“But we have to pick ourselves up and go again because we have a big week ahead of us now that leads to the blues.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5242494/leah-williamson-arsenal-aston-villa/ Gunners ace Williamson says Arsenal are fired up for the final stages of their title clash with Chelsea after the hammer against Villa