Three more Arsenal players have been called up for the summer Olympics while Leah Williamson has signed a new deal and Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Nikita Parris from Lyon.
After netting three goals between them for the Netherland’s women’s side against Norway in their 7-0 win on Tuesday, Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk have both been called up for the Netherland’s Olympic team.
Much has been made this summer about Miedema’s future as she enters the final year of her Arsenal contract, but her agent confirmed the record-breaking forward will remain with Arsenal, for next season at least. Many people worry, however, about what Nikita Parris’s arrival at the club means for the 24-year-old’s future.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are indeed bringing the Lyon forward, who left Manchester City two years ago, to London. She will have her medical in the next few days.
But speaking to De Telegraaf at the end of May, Miedema’s agent, Leoni Blokhuis said, “Vivianne will remain, as it looks now, at Arsenal next season.
“That is her last contract year.” It’s not clear if something has changed that means Miedema will leave this summer, but if she does, Parris cannot be her replacement if Arsenal want to return to the top.
One player who is going nowhere is Leah Williamson who has signed a new contract.
Williamson, now 24, has been with Arsenal since she was nine when she joined the club’s Centre of Excellence.
Williamson told Arsenal.com, “I’ve signed because I’ve always said that this is my club,“ Leah said. “I say it’s a fairytale that I’m still here, I have won trophies and we’ve continued to compete for trophies, that’s really important to me and I think that I owe the club as well for everything they’ve given to me, and it’s time for me to give back to them.”
Clare Wheatley, head of women’s football, added: “It’s clear to everyone how much Leah loves the club and she embodies everything that we stand for on and off the pitch. We are delighted that she’s signed another contract with us, she believes in our ambitions and she’s obviously a very important part of the team and It’s a big boost for everyone – fans, team-mates and staff.”
Williamson will also be in Japan this summer as part of Team GB, as will new arrival Mana Iwabuchi representing the host country.
The deal is believed to only be for an additional year.