ARSENAL have confirmed the signing of highly rated Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira.

The 22-year-old left Porto for a transfer fee of £34m after 54 appearances for the club.


Arsenal confirm signing of Fabio Vieira from PortoCredit: Getty
The Portuguese player will soon join his new teammates in pre-season training


The Portuguese player will soon join his new teammates in pre-season trainingCredit: Getty

Midfielder Vieira had a standout league campaign last term, making 27 appearances, scoring six goals and providing 14 assists.

Vieira also has a strong record on the international front for Portugal U21s.

He has scored an impressive 13 goals in 21 appearances and promises goals in north London.

“I am an attacking player who wants to find space between the lines so that I can finish off moves with an assist or a goal,” said the Portuguese.

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“I think those are the main characteristics that Arsenal fans can expect from me.

“This is an important step in my career. Arsenal is a big and historic club.

“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world. Everyone knows that Arsenal are a great team.

“I know some very famous players who have played here. Some of the game’s big, global legends include Dennis Bergkamp, ​​Thierry Henry, Santi Cazorla and Cesc Fabregas. I remember them very well.

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“They are players who are present a lot on the pitch. That was one of the main factors that made me choose Arsenal. I am very happy to be here in my new home. ”

Regarding the Gunners’ new signing of Vieira, Technical Director Edu said: “We are delighted to have completed the signing of Fabio from FC Porto.

“Fabio is a player of exceptional quality, he is very comfortable with the ball in the last third of the pitch.

“We are all looking forward to working with him and enjoying his future contributions to Arsenal.

“We will continue to work hard and look forward to closing this transfer window as strongly as possible.”

Manager Mikel Arteta is a huge fan of Vieira’s playing ability and has hailed him as a “special talent”.

Arteta added: “I am delighted that we have identified and signed such an exceptional talent.

“Fabio is a very creative player that will bring high quality and versatility to our attacking play.

“We welcome Fabio and his family to our club and look forward to starting work with him ahead of the new season.”

Vieira will wear the No21 shirt and will soon join his teammates in pre-season training.


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