Oh Vivianne Miedema, we want you to stay! -The Arsenal Women’s Diary
We want you to stay!
We want you to stay!
Oh, Vivianne Miedema, we want you to stay!
Those of Meadow Park or in front of their screen heard it, Vivianne Miedema herself heard it loud and clear: we want you to stay!
The second straight four nil win saw the Dutch star exhibit qualities that might not have been so apparent before: his work rate off the ball, his dedication to pressuring the Reading defense and his fierce pursuit were sensational and added to his well-being. known vision, touch and intelligent movement.
All told, last night could have been one of Vivianne Miedema’s best performances in an Arsenal shirt or at least one of the most complete: she scored a goal, set up one for Stina Blackstenius, been among the most aggressive players in terms of pressures and tackles and the usual creator of goal-scoring chances. It’s hard to imagine a way to be more influential on a football pitch.
Not so long ago, Jonas Eidevall said he was optimistic for the second half of the campaign as his side were the most likely to develop while others have already reached great heights. It’s easy to see why he was so right when he said this: the team has a whole new set-up and a different spine, compared to three months ago, and it’s slowly turning into something quite exciting.
Almost fully integrated, Rafaelle is gaining momentum and forging an excellent partnership with Leah Williamson, whose preparation responsibilities are now shared with the Brazil international. With Rafaelle at the back, we have more options to play from the back and we have two channels available, instead of one, which makes us less predictable and harder to attack.
Elsewhere on the pitch, Lia Wälti looks more adventurous and determined with her carrying and passing, while Kim Little remains relatively free to move around and knit play together. The captain of the Swiss national team has always been very orderly on the ball and superbly aware of it, but now she is not limited to the role of deep playmaker, which seems to suit her very well. With her a little further up the field, Kim Little at her side and Vivianne Miedema between the lines, we seem very well equipped to keep the pressure on in the attacking third and subdue our opponents.
Stina Blackstenius offers the well-known goal threat, but also has a marvelous knack for pushing back the defensive line with her tireless and well-timed runs, forcing opponents into a tiring, nervous and semi-permanent state of alert.
Given the options available for Jonas Eidevall, who left Jordan Nobbs, Tobin Heath, Caitlin Foord, Nikita Parris and Beth Mead out of the starting XI against Reading, there is reason to be optimistic.
March is going to be a very tough month, with six games scheduled by the end of the month, including the North London Derby and the Women’s Champions League quarter-final against Wolfsburg. Chelsea still have a game in progress and could potentially propel us into first place, but this team is infinitely more competitive, organized and dangerous than the one that struggled through the winter.
There is reason to be optimistic, Gooners!
Italian 30-something, currently in Switzerland. Gooner since the mid-90s when the Gunners beat my hometown team in Copenhagen. Twelve years ago I started my own blog (www.clockenditalia.com) after some experimentation with Italian websites and football magazines. Debate, don’t insult or you’re out.