Arsenal’s star forward Vivianne Miedema has signed a contract extension with the club. The length of the deal has not been disclosed but is believed to be for one-year with an option for a further year. The Dutch international’s previous deal was set to expire on June 30th and her future has been subject to intense speculation for several months now.

Clubs such as Lyon and PSG made inquiries but Barcelona always seemed to be the front runners if a transfer were to take place. Miedema is on record as saying that she is happy at Arsenal and in London but wants to be convinced that the club can compete to win the Champions League.

Miedema has broken the WSL goalscoring record and the Netherlands goalscoring record during her time at the club, also winning a host of individual honours. She has only won the Conti Cup and a WSL title in terms of team honours, however.

Miedema owns her house in London, where she is settled and says she wants to play in a league where she is challenged. Barcelona will almost certainly win the Champions League next season and domestically, they have won every single league game with a +129 goal difference.

The calculation for Miedema has been about being challenged domestically versus winning the UWCL and there are essentially no teams that currently offer both. Signing a reported one-year extension with the Gunners is likely Viv’s way of seeing whether she can be convinced that Arsenal can challenge to win the UWCL, which they haven’t done since 2007.

They’ve been eliminated at the quarter-final stage both times Miedema has played for the club in the competition. She has recently converted to a number 10 role in the second half of the campaign, a role she really enjoys and that has factored into her decision.

Miedema told, “I think the most beautiful thing about the game is building something with a team and with people around you that you really want to be around.

“I do feel like I have got that at Arsenal. I feel like for me, winning titles with Arsenal will mean a lot more to me than winning them with another club at the moment. And that’s what I obviously hope to achieve with Arsenal.”

Arsenal coach Jonas Eidevall added: “Viv is a stellar talent and a hugely important player for this team, so it’s fantastic news that she is staying with us.

“As a club, our ambition is to win titles and compete at the highest level – we know Viv’s own ambitions are the same, and together we will give everything to achieve that.”