The Dutch and Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema broke the all-time Women Super League goal scoring record this past weekend in style by scoring a stunning hat-trick in the Gunner’s 6-1 win over their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
At the age of just 24, Miedema has already managed an impressive 52 goals in 50 appearances for the club, surpassing the previous record of former Manchester City forward Nikita Parris, who now plies her trade with the current Champions League winner’s, Olympique Lyon.
Indeed, the Dutch striker has already achieved a number of impressive allocates already in Women’s football having been not only been named the 2020 Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, but is also the Netherlands’ record goal scorer with 69 goals in 89 games.
In addition to those incredible individual honours, Miedema unsurprisingly holds the record for the most WSL goals in a season, 22 in the 2018-19 campaign, was part of the Netherlands European Championship winning side back in 2017 and appeared in a World Cup Final in 2019.
No wonder former Gunners forward Kelly Smith referred to Miedema as the ‘complete striker’.
Speaking to the PA Agency, Smith said:
“You just look at her goals to game ratio and she’s been outstanding. She scores goals with her left and right foot, her head, she sets goals up. For me she is the complete striker, and is the best in the world at the moment.”
Miedema, however, could soon be joined at the 50-goal mark by England and Manchester City forward Ellen White, who sits on 48 WSL goals, but what makes the Dutch striker’s goal record more impressive is that of the 52 goals she has scored not one of them has come from the penalty spot. Not only that but White is now 31-years old and has played twice as many games, 105 appearances.
Miedema’s favourite opponent to score against meanwhile is Bristol City, having scored 12 of her goals against the Robins in total, including six in a remarkable 11-1 victory back in December 2019.
No wonder Arsenal Manager, Joe Montemurro has made providing Miedema with a new contract as top of the Gunners list of priorities, this news will surely bring delight to all Arsenal fans.
“We’re already starting to look at where we’re heading with the direction 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 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.”