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Vivianne Miedema leaving Arsenal after seven years

Vivianne Miedema leaving Arsenal after seven years

Vivianne Miedema is leaving Arsenal at the end of the season after seven years.

The club announced the 27-year-old striker’s departure after the Netherlands international joined the Gunners from Bayern Munich in 2017 – scoring 125 goals and provided 50 assists in 172 appearances.

She said in an Instagram video: “To have represented a club like this, with so much history and tradition, has been an absolute honour.

“So above all else, I would like to say thank you for making this chapter of my life so memorable.”

Arsenal sporting director Edu paid tribute to Miedema by saying her performances have been of the “highest quality” and she “has created so many wonderful memories”.

BBC Sport said it understood Arsenal made the decision not to renew Miedema’s contract, with Manchester City interested in signing her once she becomes a free agent.

Miedema won the Women's Super League title in 2018 to ’19 and three Women’s League Cups during her time with Arsenal.

She is also the all-time top-scorer in the WSL with 79 goals and has twice lifted the Golden Boot –awarded for the most goals scored in a single season.

After rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament in December 2022, Miedema spent 10 months on the sidelines.

She made her comeback in October 2023 but underwent minor knee surgery in March which has kept her playing time to just 13 games this campaign.

Arsenal has invested in recent transfer windows and backed manager Jonas Eidevall to build his squad.

As Miedema’s talent is renowned across Europe there is huge interest in signing her, with the BBC saying it was most notable from Arsenal’s WSL rivals Manchester City.

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