Vivianne Miedema is a footballer still adapting to ‘good pressure’. At 15 years of age, she made the step up to the senior team at SC Heerenveen, before moving to Bayern Munich in 2014 where she twice lifted the Bundesliga trophy.
In 2017 she joined Arsenal and, with seven games left to play in this season’s FA Women’s Super League, the 22-year-old has already broken the division’s goalscoring record scoring 16 goals.
Leaving a dominant Bayern side to join the Gunners raised a few eyebrows, but Since arriving at Arsenal, Miedema has already won the Continental Cup 2018 and intends to add many more trophies to her collection having signed a new contract before Christmas.
“The ideal picture would be winning the league, winning the FA Cup and playing in the World Cup. I think as a footballer you always want to be the best, but I don’t really care about individual prizes. Right now I’m focused on winning trophies with Arsenal. I’m more worried about winning trophies at club level and international level rather than individual prizes.”
“I had three good years at Bayern. We won the title twice. I think at that moment the German league was the best in the world probably. But I don’t know, I missed something…and when I came to Arsenal I had that feeling.”
As a Feyenoord fan during her childhood, she says “Van Persie was my biggest idol ever. So the moment Arsenal came in, you’ve got that special feeling as well,” she explains.
With seven years’ experience of senior football, Miedema demonstrates maturity beyond her years both on and off the pitch.
Her first experience of playing football was losing two of her teeth in a nasty challenge, but that didn’t stop her ‘people thought you’re crazy to want to play again after losing two teeth’ but playing football is all I ever wanted to do.
I didn’t really do anything else back then – to be honest, I couldn’t really do anything else back then – so it was quite easy for me to go back.
The 22-year-old is only six goals away from equaling Manon Melis’ all-time goalscoring record for the Netherlands Women’s team, with 54 strikes so far for the Oranje. But Miedema is keen to play down expectations of repeating that success in France this summer at the World Cup.
In 2017, she helped fire the national team to a maiden European Championship title, claiming a brace in the final against Denmark.
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Miedema is fully focused on having the best possible season with Arsenal, and keeping fit before the World Cup “I just hope I stay fit and that I can help Arsenal and the national team.”