Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has claimed attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira needs to improve his physique to properly influence Premier League fixtures after his summer transfer.
Vieira, 22, joined the Gunners from Porto in a deal worth up to £34m earlier this summer. He rose to prominence with outstanding performances in Primeira Liga last season, registering seven goals and 16 assists in 39 appearances in all competitions.
A creative operator known for his dribbling skills, Vieira made his debut for his new club in his side’s 2-1 victory over FC Zurich in the opening UEFA Europa League Group A game on Thursday 8 september. He was substituted in the 69th minute of the game.
Speaking on The Highbury Squad, Campbell shared his thoughts on Vieira’s early life and claimed he has a lot to learn. He said:
“I thought Vieira…we saw quality flashes. [He] showed good touches. [Zurich] had a bit more courage in midfield and that’s what he has to learn. He currently plays at Arsenal. When Arsenal arrive you will get the best of everyone.”
“At the end of the day, he has to get used to the physicality. People know he can play. People know that if you give him space and time, then he’s a good player and he’ll play for you. will hurt. What’s the first thing they’re going to do? Stop him playing. Get inside him and make sure he can’t lift his head.
“He has a lot to learn. He has to develop his body for sure. I thought it was a good start considering it was his first start.”
Vieira, who is renowned for his versatility in the final third, should offer competition to captain Martin Odegaard for the No.10 role.
Arsenal next face PSV Eindhoven at home in their second UEFA Europa League Group A game on Thursday (September 15).
Martin Keown praises Arsenal’s new starlet Marquinhos
Speaking on BT Sport (via The Boot Room), former Arsenal defender Martin Keown praised winger Marquinhos for his recent goalscoring performance against FC Zurich on Thursday. He said:
“Marquinhos, he looks like a take-two from Saka. Left-footed player, plays on that right wing. One assist, one goal, really, that’s a real plus for the manager.”
“He has a huge future ahead of him. He looked like a [Serge] Gnabry type player – short paced, chunky, really explosive. He was very classy.”