Arsenal’s women romped to yet another win on Sunday when they put four past Brighton and Hove Albion, but there was concern after the match when Vivianne Miedema was spotted holding her back.
Vivianne Miedema scored and assisted yet again as Arsenal claimed their 11th straight victory to maintain their 100% league record. Her goal took her to 14 league goals for the season after just nine games. The record is 15 and there are still 11 games to play. (the text in this tweet isn’t correct)
Vivianne Miedema can’t stop scoring. Two away from tying the record for most ever scored in a WSL season after only nine games played… pic.twitter.com/KRz94NffRQ
— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) November 25, 2018
With Jordan Nobbs, Kim Little, Tabea Kemme, Viktoria Schnaderbeck, Jessica Samuelsson, and Danielle Carter already sidelined, the last thing Arsenal need ahead of their Manchester City showdown next weekend is anything to happen to Miedema.
Vivianne Miedema holding her back is not a sight Arsenal fans want to see. #FAWSL
— All Hail Queen Zelina (@bainalan05) November 25, 2018
Is Miedema having a slight issue with her back?
— Chloe (@englionesses) November 25, 2018
I spoke to our women’s expert, Sylvain Jamet, who was covering the game from the press box. He confirmed that it did indeed seem like Miedema had picked up a back problem but at the time of writing no confirmation had been received.
Speaking to the Times [£] this weekend, Miedema spoke about how she felt watching Nobbs pick up her cruciate ligament injury against Everton. “I always know it can happen,” Miedema said. “In the last couple of years, all we have been doing is research to see what the injury is and how you can prevent that. We just need to focus on our games and training and try to stay fit and just hope that we are lucky to not get that injury.”
Women tear their ACL at significantly higher rates than men. We currently have an injury specialist researching this and hope to deliver a report soon.