Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema has fired a warning to the remainder of the Ladies’s Tremendous League by telling talkSPORT she now has her eyes set on passing the century mark after changing into the league’s all-time high goalscorer.
The Dutch worldwide handed earlier report holder Nikita Parris with 60 video games to spare when she netted a hat-trick towards north London rivals Tottenham final month, taking her tally to 52 objectives in simply 50 appearances.
Since becoming a member of Arsenal in June 2017, Miedema has cemented her standing as probably the most deadly finishers within the girls’s recreation, topping the WSL goalscoring charts for the previous two seasons.
The 24-year-old famously scored six as Arsenal beat Bristol City 10-Zero final season, and she or he’s already the Netherlands’ all-time main scorer as properly, having notched 69 instances in 89 appearances for her nation.
Her prolific type in entrance of purpose exhibits no indicators of relenting both, with the ahead already having ten objectives to her title this season. Some have already described her as the best of all time within the girls’s recreation.
Miedema was, unsurprisingly, pretty modest when it was put to her that she was now an Arsenal and WSL legend, however stated the importance of her achievement will solely begin to sink in when she retires.
Talking to talkSPORT, she stated: “For me, it was a type of issues that I’m completely happy to get out the way in which so we will maintain constructing and maintain going.
“I’ve been round for lengthy sufficient; you will need to get tired of me already! It’s one thing particular and I’m fairly certain as soon as I cease taking part in soccer, I’ll mirror again on it and be like: ‘Wow, it was wonderful, and it was fairly good what we, and I, achieved’.
“However, proper now, I’m simply targeted on the subsequent recreation.
“I’m undecided [where the goalscoring instinct came from] to be sincere. My dad at all times says it’s from him, however I’m fairly certain it’s not!
“I believe it’s one thing I created alongside the way in which. As you recognize, I began off as a quantity ten and bought pushed up as a quantity 9 as we didn’t actually have one other quantity 9 within the nationwide crew at that second. It’s one thing which simply got here naturally.
“The kind of individual I’m, each on and off the pitch, is that I’m fairly relaxed.
“I wish to take my time and make the fitting selections and that’s how I really feel on the pitch and that’s as a result of I’m calm and, principally, know what to do in entrance of purpose.”
Requested how shortly followers can count on her to move the 100-goal mark, Miedema quipped: “In one other 50 video games!
“I’m not going to say that, undoubtedly not. My essential purpose is to assist the crew and in the event that they want me to attain objectives, I hope I can deliver that to them.
“If not, I’m fairly certain I may help them in different methods. I hope the 100 will come in the future, however it’s nonetheless far-off.”
Such type has earnt Miedema a bunch of followers on these shores, however one of many greatest is undoubtedly Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
Wright tweeted firstly of the month, ‘each single purpose Viv scores is a historical past making purpose. We’re fortunate to observe her’, and wore a shirt emblazoned with ‘Miedema’ on his again when Arsenal launched their new package.
Final month, he additionally captioned a video of his granddaughter engaged on her step-overs open air with, ‘Mission @VivianneMiedema’, and the Gunners legend’s assist is one thing Miedema is totally grateful for.
“I believe it’s wonderful for an ex or skilled footballer to be considering girls’s soccer, and I believe we’d like that rather more,” she completed.
“He’s the prime instance of understanding that ladies’s soccer is rising and changing into greater and higher and I’m fairly certain his daughters and granddaughters are taking part in an enormous half in that.
“It’s wonderful to have large legends on board with us. Even for me as a participant, I meet up with him numerous instances in the intervening time for various causes for adidas and Barclays and it’s good to have somebody to talk to and it’s good to have somebody to share your frustrations with generally.”