Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema’s hot streak continued with a purpose towards Manchester City. PHOTO: MARCELO POLETTO DE OLIVEIRA/SPP
GOAL machine Vivianne Miedema was at it once more on Sunday, scoring in Arsenal’s thumping 5-0 win over final season’s Women’s Super League runners-up Manchester City.
The Netherlands ahead, who not too long ago celebrated a century of targets for her membership, has now bagged 4 in three WSL matches this time period.
Coming within the wake of an Olympic document 10 targets in Tokyo over the summer season, and with a handful beneath her belt for Arsenal within the Champions League already, the 25-year-old is on a hot streak.
And the two-footed marvel believes that a few of that’s down to time spent engaged on her health in a park in Scotland together with her associate and fellow Gunner Lisa Evans whereas in lockdown final yr.
“It was the primary time I’d had a break in 5 – 6 seasons, and the second you will have a break you begin realising what you’ve accomplished proper, what you’ve accomplished improper,” she advised the New Journal.
“When lockdown hit I used to be a bit uninterested in soccer. We’d had quite a lot of accidents on the membership – we may by no means actually prepare up to a excessive degree as a result of we had been at all times scared that if we lose extra ladies we gained’t have gamers on the weekend.
“It was simply actually good for me to lastly have time to work on a few issues, mentally and bodily. I began realising what I may add to my health club programme, my regular coaching programme, to have the option to play three video games per week.
“Coming again into the traditional soccer scenario with Arsenal, I added that to my programme along with the power and conditioning guys and physios and it’s helped me by final season and I’m nonetheless standing proper now, so it’s undoubtedly helped me from a psychological and bodily perspective.”
Goals from Miedema, Katie McCabe, Leah Williamson and Kim Little, with a double, noticed Arsenal cruise previous City to transfer into high spot within the WSL.
Head coach Jonas Eidevall praised his staff afterwards, however he additionally hailed a well-known face from Arsenal’s previous.
Gary Lewin was the lads’s first staff physio for 22 years, working beneath George Graham and Arsene Wenger earlier than becoming a member of the FA full-time in 2008.
He has labored as a marketing consultant to the Gunners’ ladies up to now, however in July he was appointed to their new head of sports activities drugs and sports activities science position, based mostly at London Colney. And Eidevall already seems to view Lewin’s appointment as a game-changer as Arsenal chase trophies on 4 fronts this season.
“We speak rather a lot about our signings on the pitch,” Eidevall stated. “But speak about one off the pitch: Gary Lewin, and the work he and all the opposite employees do with the gamers to preserve them match and contemporary between the video games.
“That’s an enormous one for us. You can have all of the gamers on the earth, but when they’re not obtainable for you it doesn’t matter, and to this point that has been nice.”
Lewin’s experience shall be examined to the utmost this week, as Arsenal comply with final evening’s (Wednesday’s) FA Cup quarter-final towards Spurs with a go to to Aston Villa on Saturday within the WSL and Barcelona away within the Champions League on Tuesday.
Unbeaten Spurs are second within the WSL on goal-difference after Jessica Naz’s purpose secured a 1-0 win over Reading.
Meanwhile, Emma Hayes advised the press that she was anticipating a “shut sport” as her facet travelled to Manchester United on the weekend. It was something however, the previous Parliament Hill School pupil overseeing a 6-1 win for Chelsea, who moved up into fourth within the desk.