The Sophist Exclusive | Interview with Arsenal Women striker Vivianne Miedema

Signing a professional contract at 14, she made her senior debut aged 15, won the 2014 u19 European Championships and 2017 European Championships with the Netherlands, in addition to winning two Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich.

Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema has had quite the career already, boasting over 100 career goals at the age of 21 and she isn’t done there.

Her side are in the Continental Tyres Cup final against Manchester City, meaning Miedema could end her debut season at Arsenal with silverware.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 12: Dominique Janssen and Vivianne Miedema in action during the FA Women’s Super League Continental Cup match between Arsenal and London Bees, on October 12, 2017 in Borehamwood, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

“A final is always a special game,” she said. “We’re all excited and waiting for it. We’ve got confidence and are feeling good. It will be hard because Man City have lots of quality and are the favorites, but hopefully with some players back fit we can win the cup.”

Winning the domestic cup would be one of many major honours the Netherlands centre-forward has won in her career, although she admits it won’t surpass lifting the European Championship last summer.

When asked of her greatest career moment, Viv said: “Probably winning the Euros last summer. Also the u19 European Championships and my experiences with Bayern Munich and now here at Arsenal.

“I’ve not had (a bad career experience) so far to be honest. I’d like to keep it that way.”

Netherlands Women winning Euro 2017.

The 21-year-old revealed she was initially spotted playing for a local side in her home country.  “I think I was seven when I was selected for the district teams in Holland. I was only 14 years old when I signed my first professional contract for SC Heerenveen.”

Given her incredible rise to prominence, many would be terrified seeing a goal machine like Miedema on the opposing side, but the striker revealed Olympique Lyonnais’ Wendie Renard proved to be a worthy adversary.

Viv admitted she “couldn’t win a single header” against the strong defender whom she named as the best player she’s come up against.

And while winning two league titles and two major international honours at the age of 21 is impressive, the Arsenal forward still has her eye set to achieving one more goal.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 08: Vivianne Miedema looks on during the Women’s Super League 1 match between Arsenal and Bristol City at Meadow Park, Boreham Wood on October 8, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

“I would like to win the Champions League once. But most important it’s just to stay fit and enjoy the game as long as possible and make amazing experiences. I’m quite excited about everything that is yet to come.”

Miedema should be excited as she has the potential to be one of the most successful players of her generation.

Thanks to Viv for speaking to The Sophist. We wish you and Arsenal all the best this season.

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