Can Vivianne Miedema Reach 100 WSL Goals?

Vivianne Miedema posing with her back to the camera during the Arsenal Women's Photocall.
Vivianne Miedema during the Arsenal Women's Photocall at London Colney on August 18, 2020 in St Albans, England. [Credit: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images]

Dutch superstar Vivianne Miedema scored a sensational hat-trick in a 6-1 victory over Tottenham. In doing so, the Arsenal striker dismasted the all-time Women’s Super League record of 50 goals.

Since netting her first goal for Arsenal back in October 2017 against Everton, it took her just 1,058 days to smash the league’s all-time goalscoring record. The 24-year-old has established a place for herself within the league’s narrative.

Miedema can now brag about being the most prolific striker in WSL history. Against Tottenham, she raised her personal tally to 52 goals in 50 club appearances. She has surpassed now-Lyon forward Nikita Parris (49 goals) in the all-time standings.

The goal-scoring machine in numbers

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It’s not considered breaking news that Miedema can score.

Since joining the Gunners, she proved herself a big-time player by finding the back of the net in every possible way.

We have seen her hang the keeper with a beautiful over-the-head goal. In the last game, we witnessed her dribble past several defenders before tucking the ball away to the far post. And of course, we have watched her simply find the back of the net from just outside the goal.

In fact, there is nothing Miedema cannot do with unspeakable ease.

She holds a rate of 83 minutes-per-goal, while her closest pursuer, Ellen White, sits at 164 minutes-per-goal. It also took Miedema 60 games fewer than White to match Parris’ record of 49 goals.

52 goals, without a single penalty netted

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If scoring 52 goals in just 50 appearances is not enough to persuade even the most incredulous critics to admit her unparalleled efficiency in front of the goal, then consider this: not a single goal has come from a penalty kick!

Let that sink in…

Providing Miedema has already stated that she likes to let her feet do the talking, 48 out of her 52 goals have come from the act of kicking.

Time is by her side

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At just 24 years-old, Miedema already has a lot to be proud of. She holds a WSL title, a Continental League Cup title and a PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year award. She also possesses two Golden Boots for both the UEFA Women’s Champions League and the WSL.

This season, the Dutch striker has already scored 10 goals in five games and has registered one assist (21 in total for Arsenal). Meanwhile, Arsenal remain unbeaten after winning the first five games. The team sits two points clear at the top of the league table.

It’s also vital to point out that the Arsenal ace is the youngest top-scorer out of those who make up the WSL’s top 10 goal scorers list.

Providing Miedema keeps on scoring at her current rate in the league, it would not be an exaggeration to assume that she could hit the remarkable 100 goals before even making a century of appearances.

If Miedema cannot do it, then it is doubtful anyone else can… Rest assured, her teammates totally agree with this statement.

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