1Leah Williamson has admitted that Arsenal are ‘pi**ed off’ after losing to Manchester City on penalties in the Conti Cup final on Saturday.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Leah Williamson and Kim Little of Arsenal look dejected following the FA Women's Continental League Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City Women at Bramall Lane on February 23, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Leah Williamson and Kim Little of Arsenal look dejected following the FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City Women at Bramall Lane on February 23, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Going into the match with a host of injuries that have really taken a chunk out of the Gunner’s imperious start to the season, winning this cup final was always going to be a huge ask for Joe Montemurro’s side against such a good City team.

To get it as far as penalties, especially when the majority of the side looked dead on their feet during extra time, was something of an achievement. But this side is better than one that just wants a decent performance. They want trophies.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Demi Stokes of Manchester City Women is challenged by Leah Williamson of Arsenal during the FA Women's Continental League Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City Women at Bramall Lane on February 23, 2019 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Demi Stokes of Manchester City Women is challenged by Leah Williamson of Arsenal during the FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City Women at Bramall Lane on February 23, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“We’re pi**ed off now, and we want to go and win something,” said Leah Williamson after the match. “The league is our sole focus now. We will give absolutely everything, and if you want an idea of the character we have in the team, the resilience and what it means to be Arsenal – we’ve got players here who know that.”

Arsenal lost the shoot-out 4-2 and Williamson saw her penalty saved. “It’s almost comical how much has gone against us in terms of injuries,” Williamson added. “It’s hard to take. Maybe that was all we deserved from the game in the end: a shot at penalties.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  Karen Bardsley of Manchester City Women saves the second penalty from Leah Williamson of Arsenal in the penalty shoot out during the FA Women's Continental League Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City Women at Bramall Lane on February 23, 2019 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Karen Bardsley of Manchester City Women saves the second penalty from Leah Williamson of Arsenal in the penalty shoot out during the FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City Women at Bramall Lane on February 23, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“Nobody wants to be the person that misses and today that was me, so my initial thoughts are that I’m upset because I don’t miss. You play so hard and then suddenly you can’t pass the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards.”

Coverage of the cup final on Sunday in the national papers was nothing short of a disgrace.

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