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Miedema to leave Arsenal  

Arsenal can confirm that Vivianne Miedema will leave the club when her contract expires at the end of this season.

The 27-year-old Dutch forward joined from Bayern Munich in 2017 and went on to score 125 goals and provide 50 assists in her 172 appearances in Arsenal colours.

Vivianne played an integral part in the side which won the Barclays Women’s Super League title in the 2018-19 season, while she also won three FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cups during her time in North London.

Vivianne – who has made 13 appearances this season following her return from an ACL injury – is the current all-time top-scorer in the WSL, winning the WSL Golden Boot in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. She was voted Arsenal’s Player of the Season in the 2019-20 campaign and won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award in 2021.

Sporting Director Edu Gaspar said: “On behalf of everyone at the club, we thank Viv for her huge contribution towards the success of the team during her seven years with us. Viv’s goals and overall performances as an Arsenal player have been of the highest quality, and she has created so many wonderful memories for us over the years. We wish Viv and her family the best of health and happiness for the future.”

Director of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley added: “Since joining us in 2017, Viv has taken on a special place in the hearts of our supporters, who I’m sure will have many fond memories of her time at Arsenal. Viv leaves with our best wishes for the future after seven memorable years here.”

The club has confirmed that Sabrina D’Angelo and Kaylan Marckese will also depart at the end of their contracts.

Arsenal have also announced that Emirates Stadium will host 11 Arsenal Women matches in the 2024-25 season, making it the main home of Arsenal Women.  

They plan to play eight Barclays Women’s Super League (WSL) games at Emirates Stadium, alongside three UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) fixtures, should the Gunners qualify for the group stages of the competition. Progress to the latter stages of the UWCL would also mean all home legs in knock-out rounds would come to N5.

The remaining games, including all women’s domestic cup fixtures (Adobe Women’s FA Cup and FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup), will be played at the long-standing host venue, the Mangata Pay UK Stadium (Meadow Park, Borehamwood).

This exciting news follows on from strong support both home and away this season. The six WSL matches hosted at Emirates Stadium this season saw an average crowd of 52,029, which included two sell-outs and three WSL attendance records. These have contributed to an average crowd of 32,618 over the 2023-24 season so far, across both home venues, including sell-outs of every Mangata Pay UK Stadium fixture.  

Speaking about the historic news, Vinai Venkatesham, Chief Executive Officer, said: “For almost four decades, we’ve been at the forefront of the women’s game. We’ve recently seen extraordinary growth in supporters coming to Emirates Stadium for games held here, which include two complete sell-outs this season.  

“The next step in our journey is to make Emirates Stadium our main home for Arsenal Women. We’re looking forward to giving more supporters the chance to watch our women’s team play.

“This is part of a collective drive across the club to take the women's game forward and support sustainable growth of the game so it can thrive in the long term.”

Sporting Director, Edu Gaspar, added: “There’s great passion for our women’s team right across our club. We are one club, with a vision to win major trophies across our men’s and women’s teams. This move supports this ambition and we can’t wait to continue this amazing journey with our supporters.”

Arsenal Women head coach, Jonas Eidevall, thanked supporters for the unwavering commitment that has made this move possible. He said: “We have a special connection with our supporters, who have shown up in huge numbers and pushed us forward every step of the way.  

“To everyone who has followed us so far, thank you. You have played a key part in our progress and growth, helping us write this story.

“Next season, Emirates Stadium becomes our main home and we're all excited to play in front of bigger crowds every week. We can’t wait to see you all there.”