Arsenal ended the 2021/22 Premier League season outside the Champions League qualification spots but Mikel Arteta’s side have secured a return to European action.
The Gunners will fancy their chances of making an impact in the Europa League in the coming months and Arteta is already looking to reinforce his squad.
With the prospect of another top-four challenge and the demands of a gruelling, World Cup-interrupted campaign, Arteta has already brought in United States international Matt Turner as back-up in goal, plus highly-rated Brazilian winger Marquinhos.
However, the Arsenal boss has now switched his attention to Porto’s Fabio Vieira, as he looks to add a new dimension to Arsenal’s midfield.
Fabio Vieira to Arsenal confirmed
Arsenal have wasted no time in wrapping up a deal for the talented midfielder and things have progressed quickly since he completed a medical in London on June 17, according to The Guardian.
Just four days later, the Gunners officially announced they had completed the signing.
Bem-vindo, Fabio ❤️
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 21, 2022
Fabio Vieira contract, fee, wages: Porto accept reduced deal
Arsenal have secured a cut-price deal for Vieira despite Porto having clinched the Primeira Liga title last month.
His most recent deal at the Estadio Dragao included a €50 million (£42.8m/$52.6m) release clause, but the Gunners’ bid of €35m (£30m/$36.8m) was accepted, with the deal including an additional €5m (£4.3m/$5.3m) in performance-related clauses.
Official, confirmed. Fábio Vieira has joined Arsenal on a permanent deal from Porto for €35m plus €5m add ons. It’s finally completed after the medical tests last Friday. ⚪️🔴🤝 #AFC
…and now, Arsenal next step and priority: Gabriel Jesus. pic.twitter.com/RMi28CHm9e
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 21, 2022
Vieira, who only signed an extension until 2025 with Porto in November, is thought to have signed a five-year contract on improved terms with Arsenal, as per The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
Arsenal confirmed he’d signed a “long-term contract” in an announcement on their website but didn’t go into detail.
What is Fabio Vieira’s height, age and key details?
- Height: 1.70m
- Age: 22
- Main Position: Attacking Midfield
- Nationality: Portuguese
- Academy Teams: Porto, Padroense (loan in 2015/16)
- Club Appearances: 54
- Club Goals: 8
- International Appearances: 21 (Portugal Under-21)
- International Goals: 13
Fabio Vieira’s FIFA Ultimate Team card
Unsurprisingly, based on Arsenal’s pursuit him, Vieira has become one of the hottest FIFA Ultimate Team selections in recent days.
The Portugal U21 star as an overall rating of 72 with impressive numbers for both passing and dribbling based on his 2021/22 data.
Key FIFA Ultimate Team Card Stats
- Pace: 74
- Shooting: 69
- Passing: 73
- Dribbling: 72
- Defence: 36
- Physical: 52
What shirt number will Fabio Vieira wear at Arsenal?
Since breaking into the Porto first team, Vieira has donned the unusual No.50 jersey during the past three seasons.
However, despite that number being available at Emirates Stadium, he has opted for the No.21 shirt as a more mainstream choice upon his arrival.
Alexandre Lacazette’s departure has freed up the No.9, with No.12 and No.14 also unoccupied following the 2021 exits of Willian and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but Arsenal have confirmed he’ll take the No.21 jersey.
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Arsenal fans expecting Vieira to finally fill the void of namesake Patrick might be unhappy to learn about their wildly differing styles.
Any disappointment will be short-lived, though, if the Gunners’ new man can pick up where he left off with Porto last season.
The key statistic from Vieira’s eye-catching 2021/22 campaign was his return of 14 assists in league action — 16 in all competitions — alongside six goals.
Even more impressive is the fact Vieira only started 15 top-flight games and ended the campaign as Porto’s chief creator.
His main strengths lie in ball-carrying from the middle third of the pitch, into the attacking zones, and creating chances for the forward players in front of him.
He ended the campaign joint-top for assists in the Portuguese top flight, alongside Pedrinho, and first for assists per 90 minutes, with a rate of 0.74.
How will Fabio Vieira fit into Arsenal’s starting XI?
Arsenal’s 2021/22 campaign was built around the excitement of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith-Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli rotating in and out of a front-three unit.
Lacazette’s exit has left a hole at the top of the team, with Martinelli set to move centrally, or potentially challenge Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus if Arteta can bring in the Brazilian.
Vieira’s best performances last season came as Porto tweaked to mirror Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 system with the 22-year-old in a No.10 role behind Evanilson or Mehdi Taremi.
That indicates Vieira being a direct challenger to Odegaard as Arteta looks to rotate his options ahead of a demanding season.
Vieira’s best fit is in a withdrawn creative role, but that depends on a focal-point style central striker. If Arsenal continue with a more fluid trio/quartet, his flexibility to play on either flank will also be utilised as a swap for Saka and Smith-Rowe.