Arsenal Women continued their stellar start to the 2019/20 WSL season, ​as perhaps the best individual performance in the history of the competition from Vivianne Miedema put Bristol City to the sword. 


The Dutch striker had reaffirmed her reputation as the most prolific forward in the women's game heading in, having netted 14 goals in her 10 competitive appearances for ​Arsenal this season. 


Her side having won six of their seven matches heading in, then, it looked like a daunting task for the struggling City to contain the goalscoring prowess boasted by the champions. 

And so it proved, perhaps to an extent that not even the boldest among us would have predicted. 


The thrashing was started when Miedema raced down the left wing on seven minutes, crossing for Lisa Evans to nod in an opener, before registering another assist minutes later when she picked out Leah Williamson in the area. 


With less than half an hour on the clock, the striker might have been forgiven for being content with her contributions, but she had barely got started. Taking things into her own hands, she'd hit the net three times before half-time, sealing her hattrick when she arrived to meet Beth Mead's cross at the back post. 

The visitors were badly bruised by what had been a first-half tanking, but things would spiral downwards further after the break. Miedema added her fifth with a lovely curled finish from the edge of the area, before providing another assist for Jordan Nobbs, who made it seven just ten minutes into the second half. 


Number eight came through Miedema, who then laid on Evans for her second of the evening, and then a logic-defying double hattrick was sealed on 64 minutes when she raced through and powered a high effort past a despondent Sophie Baggaley in the City goal. 

Number 11 would come from Arsenal through Emma Mitchell, netting the only Arsenal goal of the game not scored or assisted by Miedema, after coming on for the striker with 20 minutes remaining. 


​Bristol City got one back through Yana Daniels but, believe it or not, it was too little too late to spark a comeback.


20 goals in 11 appearances for Miedema this season, by the way.