rsenal sealed his first major signing of the window as Porto announced that Fabio Vieira had been sold to the Gunners.
A statement from the Portuguese club confirmed the deal, initially worth €35m plus €5m in add-ons should certain clauses be met in the future.
The move is one that came out of nowhere, with rumors of Arsenal’s transfer business focusing on the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Youri Tielemans, rather than Vieira.
The versatile 22-year-old arrives after a season in which he bagged 14 league assists for Porto, more than any other successful player in the top flight despite 15 starts, as well as six goals. . Vieira was also voted Player of the Tournament at the European Under-21 Championship last year.
He can play as a number eight or a number ten, while he also played as a right winger, so there are plenty of options for Mikel Arteta.
The Arsenal boss appears to be building a team increasingly in Manchester City’s profile, with Vieira drawing comparisons to Bernardo Silva in the way he plays.
The Gunners will likely play in a 4-3-3 formation again for the majority of their games next season, with Thomas Partey, if he stays fit, set to start in the base of midfield.
That leaves two number eight spots alongside him. For games where Arsenal face a low block and have so often struggled to break up teams, Arteta may well opt to start both Vieira and Martin Odegaard alongside Partey in what would be a team full of creativity.
With Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli on the outside and Eddie Nketiah or a new striker in the middle, Arteta will have a squad that shouldn’t struggle to create and take risks.
They are of course a very attacking team and potentially look too vulnerable for the big games and tough away games. For these fixtures, Vieira will likely compete with Odegaard for a single spot in the wing, to the right of a midfield three. With Arteta handing Odegaard the captain’s armband, it looks like Vieira is struggling to replace the Norwegian in the starting XI.
Vieira will also provide crucial right-wing cover for Bukayo Saka, as Arsenal look to try and move Nicolas Pepe this summer. With Europa League football added to the fixture list, there is a real need to ensure the Gunners aren’t too reliant on Saka and Vieira is more than capable of slotting into that position.
Arsenal’s new man’s place in the squad could be further complicated by the arrival of Tielemans, but overall Vieira will add much-needed creativity to midfield while bringing depth to a Gunners side that is struggling. became worrying at the end of the season.