New Arsenal striker, Vivianne Miedema, has been talking about how good she feels over her move to the Gunners.
Miedema is currently with the Dutch national team for the Women’s Euros, which is being held in her home country.
The hosts have managed to get to the quarter-finals, where they’ll face Sweden on Saturday.
Speaking after the Netherlands’ 2-1 victory over Belgium, in which she played for 86 minutes, 21-year-old Miedema described exactly what it means having a home crowd in front of her.
“It gives you so much energy, you come to the games and there are so many people, even in the cities, you just see people everywhere,” Miedema told AFP [via the Borneo Post, hardcopy].
“It’s such a positive thing for us.
“It was cool because it was at home but it was a derby as well.
“It’s always special to play against Belgium and I don’t know how many people were there, but a lot of Belgium supporters as well. It was just a great game.”
She added, “(Interest in women’s football) grows a lot and after the Euros it will be better. It feels special to play in front of 12 or 13 thousand people every single game.
“So many girls have started to play already and I think lots of girls just want to go and start playing. It’s good for the future.”
The forward completed her move to Arsenal in May after three years at Bayern Munich, where she’d scored a whopping 21 goals in 39 games.
“I’ve had three amazing years in Germany but I just wanted to have something else,” she said.
“I just had a good feeling with Arsenal and I talked with the coach a lot and the way he wants to play fits me I think and I can’t wait to start there.”
It’s brilliant to hear how excited young players are to come to north London and play for Arsenal. She’s clearly an tantilising prospect, given her attitude and mind-blowing goal-tally.
Before Bayern, the prolific forward played for SC Heerenv from 2011 – 2014, where she made her senior debut at just 15 years old.
While there, she scored 78 goals in 69.
Miedema also has 39 goals in 50 games for her country, but she’s yet to score during this tournament, so let’s hope she can add some more.
The bright youngster has two Bundesliga titles, as well as the UEFA Women’s u19 Championship title from 2014.