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Oh Vivianne Miedema, we want you to stay! -The Arsenal Women Journal

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Oh, Vivianne Miedema we want you to stay!

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Sure she heard the fans

Those at 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 consecutive four-nil win saw the Dutch star showcase some qualities that might not have been so apparent before: her work rate off the ball, her dedication to apply pressure on Reading defense and her ferocious chasing were sensational and added on her well-known vision, touch and intelligent movement.

All things considered, last night might 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, made one for Stina Blackstenius, was among the most aggressive players in terms of pressures and tackles and the usual goal-scoring chances creator. It’s hard to imagine a way to be more influential on a football pitch.

Stina

Goal made for Stina (Thanks David Price AFC/Getty)

Not long ago, Jonas Eidevall said that he was optimistic about the second part of the campaign because his team was the most likely to develop, while others already peaked. It’s easy to see why he was so damn right, when he said that: the team has a brand-new setup and a different spine, compared to three months ago, and this is slowly building into something pretty exciting.

Almost fully integrated, Rafaelle is growing in stature and is forming a great partnership with Leah Williamson, whose responsibilities in the build-up are now shared with the Brazilian international. With Rafaelle at the back, we have more options to play out of the back and we have two channels available, instead of one, which makes us less predictable and more difficult to attack.

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Goal for Leah, enjoying new CB partnership with Rafaelle

Elsewhere on the pitch, Lia Wälti looks more adventurous and purposeful with her carries and passes, while Kim Little remains relatively free to roam around and knit the play together. The Swiss national team captain was always very tidy on the ball and superbly aware off it but now is no longer limited to the deep-lying playmaker role, which seems to suit her very well. With her a bit higher on the pitch, Kim Little alongside her and Vivianne Miedema between the lines, we look very well equipped to sustain pressure in the attacking third and play our opponents into submission.

Stina Blackstenius upfront offers the well-known goal threat but also has a wonderful talent for pinging back the defensive line with her well-timed, tireless runs in-behind, forcing the opponents into a tiring, nervy, semi-permanent alert status.

Jonas

Manager has so many options

Considering the options available to Jonas Eidevall, who excluded Jordan Nobbs, Tobin Heath, Caitlin Foord, Nikita Parris and Beth Mead from the starting XI against Reading, there is reason for optimism.

March is going to be a very tough month, with six games scheduled between now and the end of the month, including the North London Derby and the Women’s Champions League quarterfinals against Wolfsburg. Chelsea still have a game on hand and could potentially pip us to the top spot but this team is infinitely more competitive, organized and dangerous than the one that struggled through winter.

There is reason for optimism, Gooners!

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3 Responses to Oh Vivianne Miedema, we want you to stay! -The Arsenal Women Journal

  1. TheFriendsofMisterCairo March 3, 2022 at 11:11 pm #

    Hi Andrea
    A pleasure to visit a website which has a dedicated blogger committed to the Arsenal Ladies.
    The only other site i could find with the same interest is over on Arseblog, if you haven’t visited the site, well worth it from the Ladies perspective.
    I think it was a masterstroke to bring in some really top level talent in the Jan transfer window, and after a few weeks integrating, we are now seeing the influence they are having on the group as a whole, which has taken our play to a higher plane.
    We are now what i consider to be, ‘ a complete team ‘ with quality across the park.
    It will be very interesting to see how this translates against Wolfsburg in the CL .
    It’s been a while since we went through a season unbeaten against City and Chelsea, who have been our nemesis in the big games that generally decide the Title.
    We cannot compete with the shedloads of money that City/Chelsea have spent hoovering up the best talent in Europe, but fascinating that despite that, we are the only English club left standing in the CL this season, and still the only one to ever win it.
    keep up the good work
    I will follow your reports with interest
    Cheers
    Clive

  2. Andrea Rosati March 4, 2022 at 6:56 am #

    Thank you Clive, I’m glad you liked my blog and Gunners Town.
    I’m very impressed by the way the players and the manager reacted to the poor run towards the end of last year, it was not a given. I agree with you about the January signings, we’re starting to see how impactful Rafaelle and Blackstenius can be, while Weinroither is a valuable back-up options for Maritz.

    We improved against the top teams, we improved our pressing game and we’re developing into an exciting team, I feel very optimistic.

    See you on Monday for the next Arsenal Women Journal 😉

    Andrea

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