Arsenal Women continued their perfect start to the WSL season with a 6-0 thrashing of last season’s 4th placed finishers Reading at Meadow Park this afternoon. Vivianne Miedema scored her third hat trick of the season in the rout and Viv spoke to Tim Stillman immediately after the game exclusively for Arseblog News.
On changing formation again against Reading…..
It just shows that we’re really flexible, already this season we have played in a 433, or 451, a 4141 and today we went with three at the back. It just shows we have quality everywhere and for today against Reading Joe had a game plan on how we should play and you can see it went well again.
On scoring twice in the first seven minutes….
We spoke before the game and said that last weekend’s win against Chelsea doesn’t count anymore if we don’t win today, so we said we really need to be sharp from the very beginning of the game. We started well and obviously that gives you confidence and it just shows you the form all of the girls are in at the moment.
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) October 21, 2018
On striking a balance between confidence and humility….
We’re in a flow at the moment and we hope to keep going like this, of course. But we know we have two hard games coming up again against Bristol and Birmingham, we know all the games are difficult but if we play like this, we can beat anyone. We need to keep this confidence, but what is good for us at the moment is that we show respect for the opponent and we keep going for the whole game, you can see that on the pitch.
On topping the WSL goal scoring charts with 9 goals….
I really struggled with injury last season, but I’m really happy on the pitch right now and I feel like I can be important for the team, to create goals and score goals myself. It’s good for me, I have a lot of confidence right now and you can see that on the pitch. I can still do better and I hope the team and I will keep getting better every single week.
Vivianne Miedema has 9 goals from 21 shots in the WSL this season. 86% of her shots have been on target in her 450 minutes on the pitch. (via @BBCSport).
— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) October 21, 2018
On Joe Montemurro signing a new contract this week….
We are all delighted, I am really happy because I really like Joe as a person, but he is a great coach and you can see it in the games. Everyone has respect for him, everyone knows their job and we play really good football and that’s what I love about being at Arsenal.
First time finish from Miedema 🔥@ArsenalWFC are now leading 4-0 against Reading
— The FA Women's Super League (@FAWSL) October 21, 2018