Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema reaches historic WSL milestone after goal against Birmingham


Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema became the first player in Women’s Super League history to register 100 goal involvements after she scored in the Gunners 4-2 win against Birmingham City.

Jonas Eidevall’s side survived a scare against the league’s bottom-placed team, to pick up a crucial three points, which sees them move eight points clear of Chelsea at the top of the table.

The Blues do have three games in hand on their London rivals, but in a season that has provided endless twists and turns, the Gunners will be satisfied with their lead as it stands.

New signing Rafaelle Souza scored her first goal for Arsenal to open the scoring at Meadow Park.

It was then Miedema’s turn to get in on the action. The Dutch forward pounced on a loose ball and slotted past Marie Hourihan to double the Gunners’ advantage.

The goal was Miedema’s 70th in the WSL, to go along with her 30 assists. More significant, was that this was the 25-year-old’s 100th goal contribution in total –– making her the first player in the league’s history to achieve this feat.

Remarkably, the striker has reached this milestone in just 83 appearances, meaning she averages more than a goal or an assist every game.

The forward is already the highest goal-scorer in WSL history, ahead of Man City striker Ellen White and fellow Arsenal teammate Nikita Parris.

And despite being a striker by trade, Miedema is also the third-highest assist maker in the WSL’s record books.

Following the Birmingham match, Arsenal’s official Twitter account lauded Miedema and described her as the “GOAT”, which stands for greatest of all time.

Fellow teammate Katie McCabe evidently agreed with this assertion –– responding to the post by writing: “Freak,” in reference to the striker’s seemingly ‘supernatural’ ability at times.

Given her statistics, it’s difficult to argue with the statement. Miedema only joined Arsenal in 2017 but helped guide them to the WSL title in 2019 and the WSL Cup in 2018.

She has also been shortlisted for the Women’s Ballon d’Or on multiple occasions, though she is yet to win the award.

Aside from having the most goals in WSL history, Miedema also holds the record for most goals in a single season (22), the most goals in a single game (6) and the most goal involvements in a single game (10).

This season, the Dutch star now has 10 goals, putting her one ahead of Chelsea’s Sam Kerr in the Golden Boot race.

Miedema also has five assists, putting her second in that category –– behind only Man United’s Ella Toone.

Rumours have long been circulating, linking Miedema with a move to French giants Lyon. But with six games left of this year’s campaign, the forward’s main focus right now is on trying to win her second league title with the Gunners.

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