‘Very smart footballer’ | ‘Movement and positioning is fantastic’ | Arsenal match-winner praised after cup triumph

Arsenal Women manager Joe Montemurro was full of praise for Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema whose first-half goal was enough to beat Manchester City in the final of the Continental Cup on Wednesday.

In the 33rd minute, the 21-year-old capitalised on City failing to clear their lines, finishing through the legs of goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck after being inadvertently assisted by the head of Jennifer Beattie.

Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema scoring against Manchester City in the Continental Cup final.

Miedema predicted where the ball would end up, wrestled Demi Stokes to fashion herself a chance at goal and coolly put the ball through Roebuck’s legs. It was smart play from the hot-shot striker and Montemurro was impressed.

“She’s a very smart footballer. You won’t see her for a while, but she does a lot of work off the ball to create space for Jordan Nobbs and Kim Little to get involved. Her movement and positioning is fantastic, and she got the reward with the goal,” he said, reports Arsenal.com.

It’s already the fifth piece of silverware Miedema has won in her young career – Women’s u19 Championship (2014), Bundesliga (2014/15 and 2015/16) and Women’s European Championship (2017). She doesn’t turn 22 until July either.

Arsenal knew they were signing the ‘one of the best strikers in Europe’ when Miedema made the switch from Bayern Munich and she’s already been the difference in a cup final victory.

The future is certainly bright.

She told The Sophist in an interview earlier this month that she wants to win the Champions League with Arsenal, so Miedema won’t be resting on her laurels after Wednesday’s cup triumph.

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