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Mikel Arteta offers verdict on Fabio Vieira & reveals what he can bring to Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has been discussing Fabio Vieira on Sunday.


Arsenal saw off Brentford by three goals to nil on Sunday afternoon to reclaim their spot atop of the Premier League.

Fabio Vieira was handed his first league start for Arsenal, coming in for Martin Odegaard, who was out with an injury.

Vieira suffered an injury of his own in pre-season and this led to him seeing little action early in the campaign.

But the Portuguese started on Sunday and scored Arsenal’s third goal.

Following the game, Arteta gave his verdict on the former Porto man:

“I think he is having a good progression. He has missed the whole pre-season due to an injury and that was very unlucky but we know his talent,” Arteta said. “We know the reason why we signed him and what he can bring to the team but to do it against Brentford in this ground on his Premier League debut is a different story and he shows again his character and his quality.”

On where Vieira can fit into Arsenal’s system, Arteta added: “That’s something that still needs to be decided but in those two attacking midfield positions for sure, and I think he’s played off the sides as well. It’s more about the relationships he’s building in his unit and his side and where he feels more comfortable. But the position he played today suits him really well.

“He is like this [risk taking]. He’s a creative player who needs to play with his gut feeling and his instinct. That’s what he needs to do and we need to create as much scenarios as possible for him to put his talent to the service of the team. But what I like as well is the way he competes. To come here (Brentford) and the way he went about the ugly part of the game, I was really impressed.”

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