According to Flo Lloyd Hughes of the Athletic, Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema is closing in on a one-year contract extension with Arsenal. (£) Flo reports that content was filmed today at Emirates Stadium ahead of an announcement later in the week.
The Dutch forward, who holds the record for WSL goals, has been the subject of intense speculation with her current deal expiring on 30 June. Miedema is settled in London, owns her property and very much enjoys playing in the WSL but aspires to win the Champions League.
Essentially Viv’s choice boils down to joining Barcelona and almost certainly winning the UWCL but playing in a domestic league where Barcelona wins every game easily. Barca have won all 29 of their league games so far this season with a +147 goal difference. Miedema is on record as saying she wants to play in a competitive league.
Ultimately, Miedema has been weighing up whether she thinks that Arsenal can compete to win the biggest prize in women’s football having not won a trophy since they won the league in 2019. They finished one point behind Chelsea in the table this season.
1 year extension to see how things pan out at Arsenal. Just a prediction though.
— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) March 30, 2022
For my part, I was told back in March that a one-year extension was the most likely outcome with the 25-year-old effectively delaying her final verdict on whether she can aspire to win the UWCL in North London, where she is settled. However, as the weeks drifted past without an announcement, I assumed things had changed. It was also suggested to me that an announcement was likely this week but I wasn’t told which way that announcement would fall.
We will await final confirmation but the information Flo has is very specific and lines up with some of the things I had been told.