Arsenal star Fabio Vieira will look to make an impact with his new club in the Europa League and has set his sights on becoming a ‘key player’ at the Emirates Stadium, according to journalist Dean Jones.
The Gunners have made a promising start to the season, winning six of their opening seven fixtures in all competitions, ahead of travelling to Brentford for a London derby on Sunday.
What’s the latest news involving Vieira?
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spent close to £120million on bolstering his squad during the summer transfer window and Vieira was among the fresh faces to head to north London.
The midfielder made the move from Portuguese giants Porto after a deal worth up to £34million was agreed in June.
Upon his arrival, Arteta claimed that Vieira ‘will bring high quality and versatility’ to Arsenal’s attacking play, while technical director Edu was keen to highlight his ‘special qualities’.
Vieira made his full debut earlier this month, when Arsenal overcame Swiss side FC Zurich in their Europa League group stage opener.
What has Dean Jones said about Vieira?
While Arsenal’s clash with PSV Eindhoven – which was due to take place on Thursday – has been postponed, Jones believes Vieira will target the Europa League as he looks to work his way into the forefront of Arteta’s plans.
The journalist feels the attacking midfielder will aim to become a key component of the Gunners’ side in the tournament.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “I think it’s a competition that he will look to thrive in, to be honest.
“In England, we’ve always tended to have this state of mind where we look down a little bit on the Europa League and that’s not the case for most countries around Europe. They take this competition very seriously.
“Vieira will absolutely happily take the bull by the horns and make sure that he’s a key player in the Europa League for Arsenal.”
Why did Arsenal buy Vieira in the summer?
Vieira scored 10 goals and provided a further 18 assists during his time with Porto, so it is clear that he is capable of being a serious danger in the final third of the pitch.
He also claimed plenty of silverware in his homeland and clinched the top flight title twice, meaning he headed to Arsenal with a winning mentality.
Vieira has been making waves on the international scene as well and was named player of the tournament at the Under-21 European Championships.
Statistics show he averaged more assists and shots per 90 minutes than fellow Arsenal attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe last season, further emphasising that he has a cutting edge.