Vivianne Miedema: ‘I had to follow my heart’ in return to Arsenal

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Vivianne Miedema officially has re-signed with Arsenal, the Women’s Super League club announced Friday. The news of the one-year deal first was reported by The Athletic last week.

Miedema previously had expressed uncertainty about her future with the club.

She was adamant about her desire to win the Champions League, and she said she wanted to spend her future “at a club that best suits my ambitions.” Arsenal was knocked out of this year’s Champions League tournament in the quarterfinals by VfL Wolfsburg.

The forward had been linked to both Paris Saint-Germain and reigning UEFA Women’s Champions League title holder Barcelona.

In an interview on Arsenal’s website, the 25-year-old said that the decision to return “feels right, right now.”

“I had to follow my heart and I’m happy to be part of the team next year,” she said. “With Jonas [Eidvall] coming in things have changed and we are going in the right direction. As I said before, I want to win titles and I would love to win them with Arsenal.

“I feel like for me, winning titles with Arsenal will mean a lot more to me than winning them with another club at the moment.”

Arsenal signed Miedema in 2017 from Bayern Munich. Since then, she’s been a dominant force for the Gunners and has broken multiple WSL records. The top scorer in league history, she is the only player to ever score against every team she has faced in the league.

She’s won the Golden Boot twice and finished second behind Sam Kerr the past two seasons.

“Viv is a stellar talent and a hugely important player for this team, so it’s fantastic news that she is staying with us,” said Eidvall, the team’s manager. “As a club, our ambition is to win titles and compete at the highest level – we know Viv’s own ambitions are the same, and together we will give everything to achieve that.”