Arsenal has shown this season to be one of the serious contenders for the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The champion of the English women’s Super League won tonight, partly thanks to four goals from striker Vivianne Miedema, 2-5 against Slavia Prague, the champion of Czech Republic

Vivianne Miedema was the top scorer in England’s Women’s Super League last season. Vivianne Miedema scored four times as Arsenal won well at Slavia Praha to go within touching distance of the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals.

The Netherlands striker completed a hat-trick inside 39 minutes to give the Gunners a 3-0 half-time lead away from home against the Czech Republic outfit.

Miedema added a fourth after the break and Kim Little’s penalty made it 5-0.The hosts’ Katerina Svitkova and Mia Persson pulled goals back late on but Arsenal take a 5-2 lead back to London.

The Gunners will progress to the last eight if they avoid a heavy and unexpected home defeat on Thursday, 31 October.

Arsenal – last season’s Women’s Super League champions – were 6-0 aggregate winners over Italian side Fiorentina in the previous round to reach this stage. Miedema, 23, also scored three goals over the course of that last-32 tie.