The 25-year-old, who now has a century of goals for the Gunners after a UWCL hat-trick, has a contract in North London until next summer
Jonas Eidevall, Arsenal’s head coach, spoke on Thursday night about the future of star striker Vivianne Miedema, after the 25-year-old scored her 100th goal for the club.
Miedema scored a 12-minute hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Slavia Prague, a result that, coupled with the 3-0 victory in the first leg, helped the Gunners secure their place in the group stages of the To secure the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
The Dutch international contract in North London expires this coming summer and, as one of the best players in the world, she will have many options if she decides not to renew her current agreement.
What was said?
After the victory over Slavia Prague, Eidevall told reporters: ‘Nobody is trying to hide that we want Viv to stay, but I understand from Viv’s perspective, what kind of player she is, it’s important that she sees what the direction the club is going [in]. For her, at the right time, [she will] decide on her future.
‘I think if you bring in the group we have today, of course, external players, which makes us a little better. But I think the most important thing is to try to keep the base of this group of players that we have together and keep building with them.
‘It is sometimes [difficult] in women’s soccer, with slightly shorter term contracts, if you were to compare to men’s soccer. We have to do both – extend some contracts and get the best players from outside. ”
What is Miedema’s goal record?
Miedema’s 100th goal was just her 110th game for the club, a record that contains incredible penalties.
“It’s not one in one, is it?” she joked and spoke to the club after the game. “It’s special. I’m glad I achieved that. Numbers are probably there for other people more. I try to appreciate the 100 goals, and the girls were very pleasant about it. ”
The 25-year-old joined Arsenal from Bayern Munich in 2017 and won the Continental Cup in her first season. The following year, she helped the Gunners win their first Women’s Super League title in seven years, with 22 goals in 20 league games, a record of one season.
This is one of the many records she holds in her name, having turned 22 at the age of 22 later that year. She also broke the record for best score ever at a single Olympics this summer, Recorded 10 times in four matches.
When is the UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage draw?
Arsenal will face their opponents in the next round of the Champions League on Monday 13 September.
The English side is in pot two, next door seven-time champions Lyon, two-time winners Wolfsburg and Iceland’s Breidablik.
Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Bayern Munich form pot one, with Juventus and Real Madrid in pot three.