Viviane Miedema is out of contract in the summer and, so far, there is no indication if she will stay or leave but Arsenal have made an offer.
Speaking to the media, Miedema’s agent, Leoni Blokhuis, said, “Various clubs are interested, I’ll leave it up to you which ones they are, but they are certainly not small.
“Arsenal have also made a proposal to keep Viv. Everything is open at the moment. No decision has been made yet.”
Miedema, who has three goals in her last four games, and 13 goals in total for the season, was one of only around three players who came out of the FA Cup final on Sunday with their head held high.
That result certainly won’t have done anything to allay any fears Miedema might have about Arsenal being able to win the biggest trophies.
Speaking back in May, Miedema’s agent denied the forward was off to Lyon and confirmed she would stay in London.
As this season continues, Arsenal will be very aware that what they do on the pitch will matter more than most seasons. Losing Miedema would be a huge blow, especially given that she is still only 25.
A little over a year ago, Miedema made it clear what she would need to sign a new deal with 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.”
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.
Vivianne Miedema Role model
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 proved that she had 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.”