Leah Williamson goes back to the future with Arsenal in Champions League | Suzanne Wrack

The defender made a brief debut as a 17-year-old in Europe in 2014 but has had a long wait to return and is aiming to make up for lost time against Fiorentina on Thursday

On 30 March 2014 Leah Williamson, one day after her 17th birthday, made her debut for Arsenal. It was a tough ride. She had been chucked on for Rachel Yankey in the 81st minute with the team losing 2-0 to Birmingham in their Champions League quarter-final second leg and about to crash out 3-0 on aggregate.

Fast forward five and a half years and Williamson, one of the league’s best centre-backs and decorated with every domestic trophy available, is preparing to compete again for “the one”, as Arsenal make their Champions League return against Fiorentina in the last 32.

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