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Vivianne Miedema – A Dedication To Goalscoring


According to the theme song from the popular UK TV programme of the 1970s & 80s Record Breakers, “Dedication is what you need if you want to be a record-breaker.” @Orbinho takes a look at a player who encapsulates that spirit.

By: Rob Bateman

No player is more focused on the art of goalscoring than Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema who last weekend equalled the record for goals scored in the Barclays Women’s Super League and could well go on to set levels that will be hard for other players to reach. She does not need to blow her own trumpet as the data speaks for itself.

The Dutch international has scored 49 goals in 49 FA WSL games and with a brace last weekend surpassed Ellen White’s (48) and equalled Nikita Parris’ (49) goal tallies. This weekend, Miedema is looking to break the record in the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

Highest All-time Goalscorers FA WSL

1V. Miedema49
1N. Parris49
3E. White48
4J. Nobbs44
5B. England42

Miedema has scored at a rate of a goal per game in the competition which outstrips all her rivals. In fact, she scores at almost twice the rate of Parris, who she matched in terms of number scored last week.

FA WSL Mins/Goal

None of her 49 goals have come from the penalty spot technically. The only penalty she has taken in the competition thus far was saved, but her irritation with missing was swiftly assuaged as she calmly stroked home the rebound.

Vivianne Miedema Factfile

Vivianne Miedema Shot Map since 2017/18

Miedema is more than a goalscorer though, setting up more goals (21) for team-mates than any other player in the FAWSL since her debut in 2017.

Vivianne Assists Since Debut in 2017

And in terms of minutes per assist, she is ranked sixth in that time.

Assists / Min FA WSL

Miedema is almost always involved when Arsenal pose a threat to opposition defences. Since the start of last season, she has been involved in the joint-most sequences leading to a shot of any player in the league and also the most sequences leading to a goal.

Open Play Sequence Involvement Ending in a Shot:

RankPlayerTeamOpen play sequence ending in a shot
1MiedemaArsenal Women129
1EnglandChelsea Women129
3WeirManchester City Women116
3FurnessLiverpool Women116
5Ji So-YunChelsea Women111

Open Play Sequence Involvement Ending in a Goal:

RankPlayerTeamOpen play sequence ending in a goal
1MiedemaArsenal Women36
2NobbsArsenal Women23
3WeißArsenal Women20
4EnglandChelsea Women19
5MeadArsenal Women17

This season, Miedema has been at the heart of Arsenal’s 100% start to the league campaign, scoring in all four matches and racking up seven goals. Miedema is more often than not the player lurking in the penalty area to finish off her team-mates good build up play. The Arsenal forward has been involved in the second-highest number of unique shot-ending sequences in open play where the player’s only involvement was that they took the shot.

Shot-Only Sequence Involvement:

RankPlayerTeamShot Only Involvement
1EnglandChelsea Women75
2MiedemaArsenal Women71
3FurnessLiverpool Women60
4WilliamsReading Women47
5KellyEverton Women45

Since she came into the league, Vivianne Miedema has undoubtedly been the greatest attacking threat in the competition.

FA WSL xG/Goals Matrix

If Arsenal are to succeed, much depends on their attacking prowess and when it comes to the FA WSL, if you want to be the best and you want to beat the rest, Miedema’s what you need.

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