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Arsenal to drop 'Ladies' from name in 'clear signal of togetherness and unity'

The Women’s Super League side will simply go by the name Arsenal, where possible.

ARSENAL HAVE RELEASED a statement saying that they are dropping the ‘Ladies’ reference from their Women’s Super League side.

For formal purposes, the club will be renamed as Arsenal Women Football Club, but will simply go by the name Arsenal, where possible.

The upcoming season marks the anniversary of 30 years of women’s football at the London outfit and the decision comes as a move to mark that, and ‘move the modern game forward.’

“In future, the ‘Ladies’ references will be dropped on Arsenal channels, interviews and messaging,” the statement read on the official club website. ”Video and pictures will make it clear which team we are talking about.

“We will wherever possible refer to our Women’s team as, simply, ‘Arsenal’ – just as we do our Men’s team. This is a clear signal of togetherness and unity and is more in keeping with modern day thinking on equality.

“For formal purposes we will be renamed as Arsenal Women Football Club. The name Arsenal Women will be used sparingly, primarily to avoid any confusion with the men’s team.

“This is an important and progressive step as we embark on the next chapter of our history in women’s football.”

Captain Alex Scott penned a message to fans welcoming the news, and labeling it as a ‘positive and bold statement of intent, support and unity’.

“Sometimes change can be hard to accept,” she wrote. “Especially when you associate the Arsenal Ladies name with such history. We have always been at the forefront of women’s football in this country and it is a name that is recognised around the world now.

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Katie McCabe Katie McCabe plays her club football with the Gunners. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

“It is also a name that has a great legacy. However a legacy is not something that you leave behind, your legacy is also what you teach and pass on to the next generation.

“This is one of many positive developments going on at Arsenal. In changing our name we are celebrating a new chapter in our history, a chapter in which we want to empower a new generation of both males and females.”

Two Ireland internationals currently play their club football at Arsenal.

21-year-old Katie McCabe linked up with the club in December 2015 and has been impressing since, while Louise Quinn signed for the Gunners in May.

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