When Arsenal were trailing Manchester United in a crunch WSL fixture last Saturday with eight minutes remaining, the prospect of salvaging anything from the game looked remote.
The Gunners were down to ten players and chasing a goal against a resolute United side. That was until Vivianne Miedema played surely the pass of the season from deep inside her own half to put Swedish striker Stina Blackstenius through on goal.
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The clip of the pass went viral on social media and Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall admitted that, at the time, he was so consumed by the scoring opportunity, that he did not fully appreciate the beauty of the pass.
“It was a great pass but, to be honest, at the time I was really focused on the fact that I hoped we would score! It was a piece of art but the important thing was to score.
“Right at that second I was just thinking, ‘let’s score, let’s score, let’s score.’ We needed that, you know you’re not going to create many chances when you are down to ten players.
“It all came together as a really nice piece of art and that’s what makes football so special. That pass went all over the world and moments like that connect people.”
Post-match, Miedema seemed very positive about the prospect of linking up with Blackstenius more often, with Miedema in a more withdrawn role. “I hope we can see it again on Friday” Miedema told Sky Sports. Arseblog News tried to press Jonas on whether we would see Miedema and Blackstenius start a game together soon.
🗣 "I don't really care what the rest think."
Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema discusses her recent form and says she has a different role this year but believes she always gives her best 👊🔴 pic.twitter.com/OGfses7n6g
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“It’s almost like you’re trying to get me to tell you how we will line up against Chelsea, right?” Eidevall laughed. “Like I said when we brought Stina in, we have the potential to play Viv and Stina together and that can be a strong connection. I also think they can play as two 9s, that gives me good decisions and tools for Friday.”