Vivianne Miedema will become the fourth Holland international to form part of our squad, after her signing was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Pedro Martinez Losa has been a keen admirer of the 20-year-old forward and revealed his delight after seeing Miedema commit her future to us.
Here's what the manager had to say about the deal:
Vivianne is a top player in Europe, she’s very young and she’s probably one of the best players for the future in Europe. She’s been scoring goals for her national team since she was 18 and creating an impact in the women’s game. Now she’s 20. She signed for Bayern Munich and she won the Bundesliga and has been scoring goals. She is very much a star that can shine here very soon.
on Vivianne's mentality…
Big players want to be the best all the time. They want to play with good players, they want to win and they want to be in an environment where they can grow. We have been competing with big clubs for Vivianne and the way she always loved to visit Arsenal and to be part of this project is something we are really impressed about. It’s true that we have a couple of Dutch players, which maybe helps a little, but she came here from day one and was really excited. She was also talking with her family and there were big names in Europe interested in her. But she wanted to be a part of this club and this is something we have with is special at Arsenal Football Club. Sometimes players just want to play for Arsenal and this is what Vivianne wanted.
on what it says that she chose us above the others…
Well, she’s not the first one. In the last few years we had Kim Little coming back and Kim would never come back if she didn’t feel there was a future here and there is something good to build. Heather O’Reilly coming here and also players like Jordan Nobbs staying here for a long time, I think that says a lot about how the club is investing and how the club is organising the future of the women’s game. For us it’s really important to put our resources towards top players because this is the best way we can take an advantage. We think that with Vivianne we have a fantastic opportunity to score goals and be offensively better.
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