Arteta and Jorginho insist that Arsenal’s “enormous talent” Fabio Vieira can still play a part this season

Fabio Vieira could be Arsenal’s secret weapon as the Premier League title fight heats up. Mikel Arteta and Jorginho have alluded to this.

Vieira returned to action for Arsenal against FC Porto after sitting out since November due to injury. Hopefully, for the rest of the season, we will be able to enjoy the Portuguese star’s services.

Earlier in the season, in a 2-2 draw against Fulham, he provided an assist and won a penalty for those two goals, demonstrating that he is a player with the ability to flip a game on its head. Well, in the title fight, Mikel Arteta needs to look at his bench and decide whether introducing this guy, Vieira in this example, will influence the game.

Arteta recently highlighted how highly he regards the former Porto player. He said, “I’m really happy with him but sad at the same time because it’s been a tough period for him, especially with the last injury, because he had some momentum and had put some performances together before he got injured.

“That broke up his rhythm again like last season, but he is an enormous talent and we’re going to get the best out of him.”

Jorginho, echoing Arteta’s sentiments, thinks Vieira is sensational and suggests his influence extends beyond the pitch. He told Ojogo:
“Fabio is a sensational, hardworking boy, a boy that everyone likes, and we only wish the best for him, because he works a lot every day and always wants to improve.

“He’s a player who listens and when the team needs it, gives his opinion. And when the injury happened, everyone was very sad for him, but now he’s back and we hope he can help the team.”

I feel Jorginho might be Mikel Arteta’s hidden weapon in the title race. Arteta needs his finest players in the coming months, and there’s no convincing me Vieira isn’t one of them.

Daniel O

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  1. Viera is definitely a good option to have in the squad. He delivers half space crosses into the box like no one else in the squad can and he was beginning to show it in the earlier stages of the season when he came on as a sub. I don’t see him starting but I can see him being useful as a sub against tired legs in a tight game. His good understanding with Martinelli is a bonus as he always seems to find him with a clever pass.

  2. Vieira was a luxury purchase, and his woeful displays have not changed my mind. His timid displays, lack of defending and physicality, seem unfit for the PL.

    Where would he play? Ahead of whom?

    A winger? Trossard vastly better, even Nelson has shown more. Rather blood youth as a 5th choice winger.

    His central midfield displays were a disaster; Willian-esque in terms of productivity.

    Havertz and ESR both levels better, and I would prefer Patino and his play and potential over Vieira.

    Some players are not good fits for the club, I think time will prove the same with Vieira.

    1. Durand

      I know everyone is entitled to an opinion, but I think you have undermined Fabio a lot. He is better than Patino and more creative than Smith Rowe.

      I remember his assist against Man United and it was a quick thinking from him

      I believe he can rotate with Ode, Kai and Saka

      We need more depth now than ever before

    2. Time will prove that?!!
      Or, as I suggest, time already HAS proved that.

      Simply a waste of £35 mill on a player who at Prem level is a fish out of water.
      Get rid of him MA!

      1. jon fox

        How is it wasted?

        He will prove you wrong.

        I can guess you were one of the critics of Kai

        So, just 🤐🤐🤐

  3. He’ll come good, there’s something about his playing skills that suggests that. Fabio along with other young subs like Eddie,Reiss and Emile will step up at some point cos they do have the quality. Exciting times ahead, COYG!!!

  4. I wouldn’t trust him as a starter. As a sub I think he can play a part. ESR, Eddie, Nelson haven’t really done much of anything with the time they are given on the pitch.

  5. So tghen, Viera is, apparentl a “secret and a hidden weapon”. So secret and hidden in fact that no fans can see his use at all. Even when he plays, which thankfully is hardly ever.

    Such a lot of nonsense spoken about a player completely ineffective and totally unsuited to Prem level football.

    Surely the REAL TRUTH is that he was a bad buy and a waste of approx £35million. And THAT is neither a secret nor a hidden matter.

  6. I dont think he will ever be a consistently effective player in England unless he puts on at least 10lb of muscle. As it stands, he is too easily pushed off the ball.

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