New role for Arsenal star could block potential signing

Fabio Vieira was fielded on the right wing for the Arsenal Under-21 side on Wednesday under the instruction of Mikel Arteta, which could paper over our failure to sign a new winger this summer.

We made a bold bid to try and land Raphinha from Leeds United, despite the fact that he had already agreed personal terms with Barcelona where he eventually ended up joining. We’ve also been linked with a host of alternatives including Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ousmane Dembele and Raheem Sterling, but we could well be set to end our pursuit.

According to Arsenal U21 boss Mehmet Ali, he was instructed to play summer signing Vieira out on the wide right against Swansea U21 in the Premier League Cup, and his impending return to to the first-team could mean that a new right-wing isn’t

While Vieira could well be the answer on the right-wing , Marquinhos was also impressive in pre-season and has started his U21 campaign with three goals in two games also.

Do you think we need to add another right-winger this summer?


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  1. I would rather see us push for a DM. But it looks like there are more quality wings available on the market than DMs. I think we could use both though, just look at the schedule starting in September. But I like Edu’s approach to find the right player and not just buy for buyings sake.

    1. Yes absolutely rite,we need quality DM midfielder like Patrick Viera or Petit than we have chance at least give a run to like of Man City or liverpool if not we will not able to get 4th spot as targetted as games goes on players will lose concrentration n injuries will haumt us back

    1. Thanks for your definitive, obviously insider trading
      fact about Arsenals plans for the last 2 FREAKING
      WEEKS of the window.

      SMMFH over and over

    2. My thoughts as well.
      Which would a pity given how much our immediate rivals for the coveted top-four have strengthened (and are still strengthening) their squads.
      Without a midfielder to cover for Xhaka and an upgrade replacement for Pepe, we will definitely struggle with the high number of games in tow.

      1. We have recruited better than Spurs/Chelsea so I’m confused. We also had a younger squad and younger starting 11 than everyone in the league last year?

        Chelsea in particular. Koulibaly 31 replaced the already great let go free Rudiger 29 in defence, hardly inspiring. They still rely on the 37 Thiago Silva as a 180 min starter? They sent their 101 mil star signing last year on loan for 6.9 mil this year to the club they bought him off for crying out loud.

      2. In case of injury arsenal should sign more players , injury has a way of bring arsenal down . It was injury that gave new castle a win last season. The ball is in the Court of arsenal technical directors . Sign more players will keep arsenal at the top 4

  2. Really looking forward to seeing this guy play us. Ignore speculation, we a sign a winger or we don’t and Marquinhos gets promoted. Vieira is the kind of the player everyone is going to love very quickly. There are other players I wish would get the same appreciation currently that’s a toss up between Xhaka/Ode but Vieira will be loved instantly just has that about him. Podolski had it in a different way and that wasn’t quite enough, Viera I think has it both ways. Good luck to him, don’t think I’ll need to defend him that often going forwards regardless.

  3. We need a forward that can play across the front 3 conveniently. Both Martinelli and Smith Rowe can go on long imjuries. If someone that can cover the left and right wings and also is comfortable with scoring comes in, we are fine. We have to keep Jesus in the centre please.

    1. We have Saka alone on the right with Pepe nailed on to leave and Nelson injured/not adequate.

    2. Even before playing Vieira in that position,imo,marquinhos need to be tried there after all saka started at the same age to impress in the same position.

  4. Marquinhos, Saka, Pepe, Martinelli, ESR, Nketiah , Vieira and Nelson when he is fit can all play on the flanks. Why anyone would even consider acquiring another winger does not make sense to me , when the final piece of our jigsaw this season should be a physically imposing, athletical central midfielder or DM.

    1. I really like Eddie on the wing – he’s different to the other options and we know he can link up well with jesus. Definitely see him as a viable option there, and I think arteta does as well.

  5. Give Eddie minutes please. Just a super sub in the mould of OGS of Man U. The lad can score goals. And make Gabriel Jesus a 70mins+ CF.

  6. I’m not sure that experiment in the U21s was all that successful.

    The video of all his touches in that game seemed to show Vieira passing sideways more often than not and when he did run at the defence he seemed to have his head down and eventually lost the ball.

    But there are plenty of other players who can cover the wings, as Grandad listed above (although not all of them may be available by the end of the window).

  7. Arteta highlighted vieira’s versatility when he signed. I don’t think he’ll block anybody, I expect he’ll be used in different positions.

  8. The two ideal signing for Arsenal is first a quality winger who can play on both wings maybe a little more on the right, one that will go to the bye line or can use as a target man, maybe the Brazilian from Porto FC, Pepe

    The other signing should be a commanding ball carrying midfielder who will take the ball from Ramsdale and take it to Jesus at times, someone in the Frankie de joong mould.

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