Fabio Vieira praises Cedric and says “Now is my time” for Arsenal

New Arsenal signing heaps praise on one particular man

Fabio Vieira was Arsenal’s second summer signing, and it was a deal that surprised many.

It was not just the journalists and the fans who were taken aback, but the player himself too. “It was quick for me too,” Vieira tells The Athletic.

“Coming to Arsenal happened very fast. But I felt ready. Now is my time.” The 22-year-old Portuguese made the switch to England after only his first breakthrough season with boyhood club FC Porto.

In his 39 appearances for the Dragões last season, he had 23 goal contributions.

Several clubs were interested in him and many may have moved for him later in the current transfer window or the next summer.

But he’s an Arsenal asset now, and will be hoping to become a household name sooner rather than later.

The midfielder, who can play as a number eight, ten and even on both the wings is currently pushing himself to the limits in the United States. He may well get his debut against Everton.

The settling in period is still ongoing and the Portugal U21 international heaped praise on one particular man who is helping him do just that.

Talking about Cedric Soares, Vieira said, “He is a good professional; he tries to help everybody.”

He continued, “It’s important. He’s older, he has experience — he won the European Championship with Portugal. He is a good person.”

Arsenal snapped up the signing of the coveted midfielder in quick fashion, knowing that this summer was the best chance of landing him for a price that people still believe is a bargain for Vieira.

The former presidential candidate of Porto Nuno Lobo said last month, “He is one of the best players at FC Porto and leaving for this fee is a bad deal.”

“We are talking about one of the gems of FC Porto, one of the players who came from our academy. The DNA of FC Porto.”

Well, it is still early days to say that the Gunners acquired the midfielder on a cut-price deal. But the potential of the player is certainly massive.

Yash Bisht

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  1. Things and time at Arsenal has really change.

    Long gone are the days when Wenger would return a long term injury player, telling us he’s like a new signing.

  2. I feel genuine excitement at how our team and squad is shaping vup ans showing marked improvemenrt on thd squad of just a yearago We stil badly need to find a proper SPECIALIST DM, who can and MUST replace thr woeful Xhaka , a manwhose ,slowness and hotheadeness has held our team back since the day Wenger , foolishly, signed him.

    Now , I agree with those like KEN who says, quite fairly, that both managers since AW have chosen to play him. In mitigation, to SOME extent, I belibve that our squads til now,shallowness in midfield abilityand inpower has made it inevitable that Xhaka had to play.

    But that does change the central and all important fact, that until this clod hopper is elsewhere , we are hamstrung every time he is in our team.

    ALL successful teams need pace, mobility and non hotheads right across the team .

    HENCE MY LOATHING of this player who is lacking in all three necessities. The sooner he is gone, the better , IMO!

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