In an interview back in her homeland, Vivianne Miedema has made it clear that she wants to see Arsenal developing before she will sign a new deal.
With a hattrick against Spurs at the weekend, Vivianne Miedema broke the women’s goalscoring record, hitting 52 in just 50 games. Not only did she overtake Nikita Parris, she also became the first player to score 50 goals in the FA WSL.
Still only 24, the forward has yet to hit what should be her peak and Arsenal fans across the planet hope that she will still be at the club for many more years to come.
That, however, depends on Arsenal.
“WSL is now the strongest league in the world,” Miedema told De Telegraaf. “Hopefully Arsenal will keep on developing as well, then I won’t see myself leaving so soon.”
Miedema signed for Arsenal in 2017 but is out of contract at the end of next season.
Speaking after Arsenal’s rout over Spurs, Joe Montemurro said, “Look, I’d love to discuss contractual things and players coming in and staying and so on. It’s something that we’ll start to do very, very early, around November.
“We’re already starting to look at where we’re heading with the direction of next year and years to come, but obviously Viv will be on top of that list and we’ll do everything we can to make sure Viv remains a part of the group.
“She’s an important part of the group, obviously as a footballer but also off the park, her qualities as a person are fantastic.”
Vivianne Miedema Background
Miedema was born in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands, in 1996 and signed for SC Heerenveen at 14. She made her debut at 15 and won top goalscorer in BeNe League for 2013/14 with 41 goals in 26 games.
In September 2013, the then-teenager made her senior debut for the Netherlands against Albania.
She went on to become top scorer at the 2014 UEFA u19 Championship and also collected the Golden Player award.
She became one of his country’s integral players before she was 21.
The forward spent three years at SC Heerenveen, scoring a whopping 78 goals in 69 appearances before moving on to Bayern Munich in June 2014.
In 2014/15, Miedema’s Bayern side went unbeaten in the Bundesliga and won their first title since 1976.
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As women’s football gains a wider audience, Miedema is keen to set an example to the next generation and become a positive role model for all.
“No one really knew what was going on in women’s football,” she told the Guardian.
“Now you see young girls buying your T-shirts and that’s really nice. It’s a big step. It is weird. Instead of Arjen Robben, they have Miedema or [Lieke] Martens on the back of their jersey.
“It’s exploded since the Euros. Going on the street, everyone recognises you. Mostly I used to get stopped by real football fans but now it might be an old grandma who just watched the final.
“We need to set the standard. The younger girls are going to have a better time because of what we do now. Football is so big.
“You need to be honest – if you watch a women’s game from 10 years ago, I wouldn’t watch it. It just wasn’t good enough at that time,” she revealed. “But we are making the steps to make it good enough, to show the games, to attract people to come back to our stadiums.
“So many young girls are playing in the Netherlands. If you look at other countries, girls don’t get that chance. That is not fair. That won’t happen in men’s football. We need to develop the women’s game. It’s a right to play football.”
She continued, “Me playing at Bayern, Robben playing at Bayern, I guess that’s why they said it.
“But it’s so hard to compare yourself to that player.
“You just hope that in 10 years people will say: ‘I want to play like Jodie Taylor and Vivianne Miedema.’ That’s the step we need to make.”
Not only has the Dutch international impressed on the pitch, she’s been inspirational off it. Despite being just 22 at the time, she’s proven that she has her head screwed on when speaking about equal pay.
“It’s really important as we put the exact same effort into our national side as the men do,” she told the Guardian.
“I think you deserve the same. We are European champions. The men don’t even qualify for the World Cup, don’t qualify for the Euros. It’s fair to say we deserve as much money as them right now.
“All due respect but our men’s team make millions a year, way more than the Norwegian team. Our association is so rich and we hope we’ll get a better deal as well.”