Vivianne Miedema WSL Arsenal Women v Manchester City Women, Meadow Park Stadium, Borehamwood, UK - 27 Oct 2019 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

Three fixtures in which Arsenal’s Dutch goal machine grabbed the headlines

Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema has proved to be a huge hit since joining The Gunners back in 2017.

The 23-year-old Dutch international is now not only regarded as one of the best players in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League but also one of the best players in world football.

After taking the 2018/2019 season by storm, Miedema has continued to prove her worth to Arsenal during the current campaign. FA Women’s Super League Full-Time look back at the player’s performances this season as we select three appearances which have seen Miedema hit the headlines.

Arsenal 4 Brighton & Hove Albion 0

After missing the opening day fixture against West Ham United and firing a blank against newly-promoted Manchester United, Miedema got her season up and running with a bang against Brighton & Hove Albion at Meadow Park.

The Dutch forward was instrumental in the game’s opening goal, playing in Kim Little to score before Miedema netted her first goal of the season when she clinically found the back of the net from a Jordan Nobbs pass.

Miedema rounded off a hat-trick of goal involvements early in the second half when she beat her marker before playing the ball to Danielle van de Donk to score.

Nobbs added a fourth goal 20 minutes from time as Arsenal won the match 4-0 with Miedema assisting twice and scoring once.

Arsenal 11 Bristol City 1

There has never been a better individual performance in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League than the one put in by Miedema against Bristol City in December.

The forward netted two hat-tricks and provided four assists before being substituted with more than 20 minutes of the match remaining.

Miedema created her side’s opening goal, crossing the ball onto the head of teammate Lisa Evans before repeating the favour for Leah Williamson minutes later as The Gunners took a swift two-goal lead.

The striker then drilled home her first goal of the game and Arsenal’s third before tapping in another to make it 4-0.

Miedema completed both her hat-trick and the first half scoring with a scrappy effort which deflected off Bristol City defender Frankie Brown.

A sublime curling effort from 10 yards gave Miedema her fourth goal early in the second half before the player crossed for Nobbs to strike home a seventh goal at the back post.

Miedema still had plenty of work to do. She netted her fifth goal from close range before lofting a wonderful ball into the box for Evans to steer into the net. The forward then completed her second hat-trick by crashing home her effort before being substituted with 70 minutes on the clock as her devastating display came to a premature end.

Arsenal went on to win the match 11-1, the highest-ever winning margin in Barclays FA Women’s Super League history.

Liverpool 2 Arsenal 3

Miedema came to Arsenal’s rescue as The Gunners finally saw off the threat of a stubborn Liverpool side in Chester.

Rinsola Babajide gave Liverpool a shock early lead before a low Nobbs cross was expertly directed home by Miedema.

Nobbs then headed Arsenal into the lead for the first time in the match but Liverpool continued to prove to be a tough nut to crack with Rachel Furness thumping in an equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

Both sides battled for a winner throughout the second half and it was Arsenal who got it 12 minutes from time.┬áLeonie Maier’s delivery from the right found the head of Miedema and she guided the ball home from point blank range as her side recorded a 3-2 victory.

Miedema has been involved in 24 of Arsenal’s 40 goals this season with the player scoring 16 times and providing eight assists.

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