Fabio Vieira jokingly labelled his wondergoal against Brentford as ‘lucky’ as the attacking midfielder scored on his full Premier League debut for Arsenal.
The 22-year-old, who joined the Gunners in a £34m deal this summer from Porto in his home country, has had to bide his time for minutes this term and was an unused substitute for Arsenal’s wins over Bournemouth, Fulham and Aston Villa.
Mikel Arteta gave him his full Premier League debut on Sunday as Arsenal beat Brentford 3-0 to move back to the top of the Premier League table, with Vieira scoring a stunning strike on 49 minutes with a long-range effort in off the post.
‘It was lucky!’ Vieira told Arsenal’s website. ‘I’m really happy of course to score my first goal with this club.
‘We’ve started this season really well and we need to keep doing this.
‘Everybody plays, everybody knows what they have to do on the pitch and we need to keep doing this.’
Vieira has struck up a close friendship with team-mate Gabriel Martinelli since joining Arsenal – with both players speaking Portuguese – and the Brazil international played down any luck involved in the wondergoal.
‘He’s been practising that shot every single day, so it’s not luck!’ Martinelli said.
‘We are always together. He’s a very good guy and everyone loves him. What I can do to help him, I will do and not just him, but everyone in the squad, I will do my best to help.
‘With him it’s easier because he speaks Portuguese. It’s easier. What I can do I will do to help him, he’s a nice guy and a very good friend.’
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