Former Premier League star Jose Fonte believes that Arsenal fans should be ‘very excited’ by the signing of Fabio Vieira.
The 22-year-old signed a five-year deal at the Emirates Stadium after the Gunners struck an agreement worth £34million for the Porto star.
Vieira, who can play on either flank or as a number 10, enjoyed a great season with Porto last term, scoring six and creating 14 in 27 appearances in the Primeira Liga.
Upon signing the player, Mikel Arteta described the Portuguese star as ‘a special talent’, saying: “I am very excited that we have identified and signed such a special 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 are looking forward to starting work with him ahead of the new season.”
Those comments were certainly backed up by compatriot Jose Fonte, who believes that Vieira is exactly the sort of players that Arsenal fans will warm to.
Speaking to White and Jordan, Fonte said: “He’s a very exciting young player who is very talented on the ball and intelligent.
“Arsenal fans should be very excited because he’s the sort of player that they’ll like and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the Premier League.”
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Quizzed on whether he’s ready to play a key role for the Gunners, Fonte said: “He plays for Porto and had a great season for Porto who were playing in European competitions.
“If he can perform in the Champions League and can perform at the highest level then you are prepared for anything.
“The Premier League is probably the best league in the world, but the Champions League is not far behind so I think that he can take care of himself.”
Asked if he’d be ready to start for Mikel Arteta’s side, Fonte added: “I think so, yes.”
European football expert Andy Brassell also spoke about the player, adding: “They’re getting a player who if you looked at him going back four or five years, you’d wonder if this player would work in the Premier League.
“He’s not a big guy, great balance, very graceful and a real eye for a pass and 16 assists last season despite not always being a starter, which is pretty amazing.
“The potential is always there. Eddie Howe and Richard Hughes and the recruitment team at Bournemouth were very into him a few years ago and Porto refused to sell, and they were proved right because they’re able to get a lot more money down the line after getting progress out of him.
“It is still progress, he’s not someone who is going to come in and own the Premier League straight away but with the direction that Arsenal are going and the way that they want to develop players means that he should fit them really, really well.”
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