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Leah Williamson calls for Champions League response from Arsenal after losing WSL top spot

Ali Rampling
Williamson has called on Arsenal to turn in a positive Champions League performance after losing top spot in the WSL
Williamson has called on Arsenal to turn in a positive Champions League performance after losing top spot in the WSL / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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Leah Williamson has called on Arsenal to respond to losing top spot in the WSL with a positive Champions League performance against Wolfsburg on Thursday evening.

The Gunners surrendered first place in the WSL to Chelsea for the first time this season as the Blues ran out 9-0 winners over Leicester on Sunday.

Chelsea sit one point ahead of Arsenal with five games remaining, but the Gunners are also still battling on the European front. They face Wolfsburg in the second leg of their Champions League quarter=final on Thursday, with the scores delicately poised at 1-1.

"We never wanted that to happen but we let that slip out of our hands," Williamson said of Arsenal's lead at the WSL summit.

"The best way to respond is to go out tomorrow and prove to ourselves that we are the team that we want to be but also keep up a good performance streak to lead us back into the league at the weekend to keep the pressure on because that’s the battle we’ve got now. Time to take it up another level, and there's no better time to do it than tomorrow night."

Thursday's quarter final-takes place at the Volkswagen Arena - the home of Wolfsburg's men's side. Having played at the Emirates during the first leg, Williamson admits that Arsenal are becoming accustomed to the big stage.

"You can only prepare for those games by getting experience the week before," the defender added. "We've had that luxury this season. We’re comfortable there. A game like tonight that may have had an energy around it being in a stadium is something we’ll now take in our stride."

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