Arsenal: Vivianne Miedema with 'best pass ever' to set up equaliser against Man United

Vivianne Miedema with 'best pass ever' to set up equaliser for Arsenal vs Manchester United

Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema has been praised for a “world-class” and “elite” pass which set up Stina Blackstenius for an equaliser against Manchester United.

In a fiercely-contested match at the top of the Women’s Super League this afternoon, Arsenal drew 1-1 with Manchester United.

Alessio Russo gave the Red Devils the lead in the 10th minute, heading home a Katie Zelem corner.

Things went from bad to worse for Arsenal in the second half, with Katie McCabe sent off in the 75th minute for a second yellow card offence.

Just four minutes later, however, Blackstenius scored an equaliser for the Gunners. She was set through into a one on one situation with Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps and coolly slotted home.

The pass came from Miedema, who had dropped down into a deeper position after fellow striker Blackstenius was brought on as a substitute.

Miedema received the ball only metres from her own penalty box, looked up, and delivered a defence splitting pass into the feet of her teammate.

The pass received widespread praise on social media, with Arsenal defender Leah Williamson among those applauding Miedema.

Williamson, normally a staple in the Arsenal side, was sitting on the sidelines for the match with a slight injury.

“This is the absolute best pass I’ve ever witnessed live, potentially in my whole life,” she wrote on Twitter.

Another social media user wrote: “That’s an absolute joke of a pass”, while someone else commented: “There’s different gravy and then there’s this”.

The pass was also described as “brilliant”, “unreal” and “elite”, while Miedema was compared to Dennis Bergkamp, who starred for Arsenal from 1995 to 2006.

The 25-year-old Miedema moved to the North London outfit in 2017, joining the Gunners from Bayern Munich.

She was already a prolific goalscorer, but Miedema truly began to make a name for herself following her arrival in England.

The star finished as the Women’s Super League top goalscorer in 2019 and 2020, only just losing out on a third Golden Boot last season to Sam Kerr.

Nonetheless, Miedema is still the WSL’s all time top goalscorer after hitting the back of the net an incredible 64 times. She also became the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer in 2019.

With Miedema’s contract with Arsenal set to expire this summer, fans of the Gunners will be hoping the Dutch striker decides to stay in North London.

Today’s result kept Arsenal at the top of the WSL table with 30 points. Chelsea are second with 25 points but two games in hand, while Manchester United are third, also on 25 points.

Star striker Vivianne Miedema said it was 'unexpected' to be named BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2021
Star striker Vivianne Miedema said it was ‘unexpected’ to be named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2021
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