Arsenal Women forward Vivianne Miedema has been crowned the PFA Players' Player of the Year at the 2019 PFA Awards in London on Sunday evening.
Miedema has had one of the most stunning seasons in WSL history.
By February, she had already broken the league record for most goals in a single season – and she just continues to add to that hugely impressive haul.
Now in her second year with Arsenal, she has really found her niche. She signalled her intent for the season ahead by smashing a hat-trick on the opening day of the season.
The statistics continue to startle but Miedema herself is not focused on counting the goals she scores.
“The goalscoring numbers don’t really say anything to me but I do watch games back and think, ‘Viv, you lost the ball way too many times’ or ‘Viv, you need to be stronger here’,” she told her club’s official website.
“Because I like football so much, I don’t mind watching it back or watching other games. I just want to be better.”
Instead, she just enjoys being out on the field. “My goal for this season is just to stay fit,” she added.
“I want to make sure that I’m in form, that I score goals, that I create goals. It’s a bonus for me that things are going so well right now. I’m just happy to be on the pitch, I’m happy to be able to play every weekend and that has to be the biggest win for me this season.”
Her Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro was thrilled when she agreed a new deal with the club.
He praised her roundly, saying: “Vivianne is a fantastic striker, one of the best in the women’s game. She has a fantastic skill to find the back of the net in some of the most difficult positions, and her hunger to score and win is something that every team needs. We’re delighted that she’s signed a new long-term contract with us.”