Fabio Vieira is relishing the prospect of linking up with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe at Arsenal, insisting he is a similar player to current Gunners star Martin Odegaard.
Arsenal confirmed the arrival of the 22-year-old attacking midfielder from Porto on Tuesday having agreed a £34million deal with the Portuguese giants.
He becomes the club’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Marquinhos from Sao Paulo – with Arsenal also closing in on a deal to sign Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus.
Vieira, who scored six goals and provided 14 assists for Porto last term, joins Mikel Arteta’s attacking options alongside academy products Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah, having coming up against the pair at the Under-21 European Championship last year.
‘I got to face them at the Euros,’ Vieira recalled, speaking to Arsenal’s official website. ‘They are both quality players. Arsenal have top players and I’m now here to help the team reach its goals.’
Vieira will join Arsenal’s attacking options that also include Saka and Odegaard – the latter who joined the club on a permanent deal last summer having initially impressed on loan during the 2020-21 season.
And the Portuguese believes he is already a similar player to his new teammate.
‘I’m a fan of Bukayo Saka and Smith Rowe, too,’ he continued. ‘I really like the way they play. Odegaard is quite similar to me.’
Arsenal’s efforts to bring Vieira to north London caught many fans by surprise with Arsenal agreeing a deal with Porto last Thursday.
For supporters unsure what he will offer next season, Vieira has provided an exciting glimpse into what they can expect from him.
‘I’m an attacking player who looks to find space between the lines to be able to finish off moves either with assists or by scoring goals,’ he said.
‘I think those are the main attributes that Arsenal fans can expect from me. I’ll always give my all for the team.’
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