Arseblog Exclusive! Interview with Arsenal Goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal - football




Arseblog Exclusive! Interview with Arsenal Goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal

Arseblog Exclusive! Interview with Arsenal Goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal



After Arsenal?s comfortable 4-0 win over Yeovil Town Ladies on Sunday afternoon, Tim Stillman spoke with Gunners and Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal about her three years at Arsenal, the desire to get back to Wembley in the FA Women?s Cup, winning Euro 2017 on home soil and a typical day as an Arsenal goalkeeper at London Colney.
Sari van Veenendaal joined Arsenal from FC Twente in the summer of 2015, in the immediate aftermath of the Women?s World Cup in Canada. She was handed the daunting task of replacing club legend Emma Byrne. Byrne, a winner of 1 Champions League, 11 league titles and 10 FA Cups as Arsenal?s custodian, had just seen off competition from England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain, who left for Notts County that summer.
Even aged 35, Emma?s stock was incredibly high, but Sari reflects that Emma?s presence at the club was a help rather than a hindrance, ?Emma was and still is a great role-model for me. She was a great goalkeeper and a good friend, I am glad that I had the chance to learn from her and she made me understand quickly what an honour it is to play for Arsenal.? Sari eventually displaced Emma, who left for Brighton in 2016 shortly before her eventual retirement. In her place, van Veenendaal has proved to be one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe. Sari is a thoroughly modern goalkeeper, equally adept with the ball at her feet as she is with it in her gloves. ?I play very much in the Dutch style, playing out from the back, that?s how I was always coached. But I can still improve a lot in this respect,? she explains.
Her style certainly fits in with new coach Joe Montemurro?s vision for possession based football. ?He has real clarity about how he wants to play. We are working every day on how we want to play and that means playing out from the back. It?s important that we do this in every game, even if the pitch is difficult. It?s on us to own our style.?
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