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Beth Mead speaks out on Vivianne Miedema transfer after controversial Arsenal contract decision

Vivianne Miedema left Arsenal at the end of the season
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Beth Mead has opened up on Vivianne Miedema's Arsenal exit after it was confirmed the club decided not to renew the striker's contract.

The Netherlands international joined the Gunners from Bayern Munich in 2017 and went on to become the Women’s Super League’s (WSL) all-time top scorer, providing a total of 125 goals and 50 assists in 172 appearances in all competitions. She has struggled for form since rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in December 2022 and was controversially released when her Arsenal contract expired at the end of the 2023/24 season.

The 27-year-old has already been linked with a move to a host of top European clubs, with Manchester City currently the frontrunners to secure her signature. Speaking on Monday ahead of England's EURO 2025 qualifier against France, Arsenal teammate Mead - who has been in a relationship with Miedema since 2022 - said she will miss playing alongside the forward next season.

"I'll get some peace and quiet now, that'll be nice," she joked. "Obviously, Viv's a world-class player and a player I'll very much miss playing at the club with.

"Obviously she wanted something new, she wanted a new challenge and I wish her the best - just not when she's playing against Arsenal."

Although Midema's future remains unclear, the Dutch international has admitted that she feels the time is right to go in search of a new challenge.

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"The last few weeks have been hard for me, but beautiful at the same time because of the farewell at Arsenal," she wrote in a column on Dutch website AD .nl. "I feel that it’s good to go to a new and different environment.

"I played there for 7 [sic] years and the club has become part of my life. But it’s time for something new. I have a few options, in the UK and abroad. I’ll make the decision during my holiday. With my heart and by feel, like I’ve done my whole life."

Speaking to DAZN before Barcelona's 2-0 win over Lyon in the Women's Champions League final last month, Miedema said on her future: “I wish I could (tell), but I can’t. I’m only 27, and I think the Champions League is the only thing missing, so I’m definitely not going to make a step down. And I’m really excited for whatever comes next.”