Who’s Arsenal midfielder Fabio Vieira?

Arsenal have finished the signing of Fabio Vieira after Porto showed that they had struck an settlement for his switch.

The 22-year-old, who has been likened to Bernardo Silva, laid on a league-high 14 assists closing season and joins for a rate within the area of £34m together with add-ons.

“I’m very excited that we’ve got known and signed this type of particular skill. Fabio is an excessively ingenious participant that may carry top quality and flexibility to our attacking play.” – Mikel Arteta

“Fabio is a participant with particular qualities who’s happy with the ball within the ultimate 3rd of the pitch.” – Arsenal technical director, Edu

With Mikel Arteta’s aspect sitting best of our Season Ticker over the 1st 8 Gameweeks of 2022/23, we assess the Portuguese midfielder’s long run attraction – or loss of it – in our newest Scout Document.


Season Crew Department Apps Objectives Assists
2021/22 Porto Primeira Liga 27 6 14
2020/21 Porto Primeira Liga 19 0 1
2020/21 Porto B Liga Portugal 2 4 2 1
2019/20 Porto Primeira Liga 8 2 1
2019/20 Porto B Liga Portugal 2 23 7 3

Above: Fabio Vieira’s league appearances and attacking returns by means of Transfermarkt

Vieira has spent his complete occupation enjoying for Porto and has already gained 3 trophies, together with two league titles.

Coming throughout the membership’s early life academy, he made his senior debut with Porto B in 2019/20 and went on to attain seven targets in 23 appearances. The ones presentations earnt him a decision as much as the first-team squad, the place he netted two targets in 8 video games to assist Porto raise the name.

In 2020/21, Vieira made 4 additional appearances for Porto B, scoring two times, ahead of graduating to the 1st workforce completely later that season.

Then again, it used to be 2021/22 when Vieira in reality got here to existence, because the midfielder registered six targets and a league-high 14 assists in 27 appearances as Porto finished the home double. Actually, he used to be out and in of the beginning XI however after all turned into a normal after Luis Diaz’s departure to Liverpool in January, contributing to 11 targets in his ultimate 12 league video games. 

At the world level, he has recorded 13 targets in 21 video games for the Portugal under-21 aspect, for whom he picked up the Very best Participant award on the 2021 UEFA Eu Beneath-21 Championship.


“Fabio Vieira is particular as a result of he can see the whole lot along with his head at the floor. He’s a participant who supplies assists and will input the realm, rating in midrange and in dead-ball eventualities. He’s additionally progressed when it comes to urgent orientation.

However what maximum surprises me is the best way he presentations his high quality when many groups use a low block at the pitch, and he can decipher what the sport calls for. Those are the avid gamers which can be value some huge cash.” – Manuel Tulipa, the Maritimo Beneath-23 supervisor who coached Porto’s U15, U17 and U19 facets from 2017 till 2020

Vieira has performed in quite a lot of positions at Porto and is flexible sufficient to function centrally or out large on both flank.

Then again, he basically operates as a 2d striker or a right-sided attacking midfielder, the place he has a tendency to chop in onto his more potent left foot, as his 2021/22 contact heatmap under presentations.

Above: Fabio Vieira’s 2021/22 Season Heatmap, by means of Settee Ranking

His talent to string well-weighted passes to runners in at the back of the defensive position is obvious on this YouTube highlights reel, as is his rising popularity for being one thing of a set-piece specialist.

It’s additionally value noting that he isn’t afraid to tackle a shot from distance, with 29 of his 46 objective makes an attempt in 2021/22 arriving outdoor the penalty field.

Identify Minutes consistent with objective Minutes consistent with shot Minutes consistent with shot within the field Minutes consistent with shot not off course Minutes consistent with likelihood created
Saka 272.8 30.9 41.7 96.8 44
Odegaard 401.6 53 133.9 133.9 37
Smith Rowe 197.1 49.3 65.7 85.7 66
Martinelli 316.5 36.5 43.2 118.7 56
Nketiah 180.4 31.1 41 69.4 69
Vieira 221.5 28.9 78.2 102.2 39

* League handiest

Whilst it’s value including a ‘Primeira Liga’ levy on Vieira’s underlying numbers, he does pop out nicely when evaluating his mins consistent with objective, shot and likelihood created stats in opposition to his new team-mates.

Then again, as we touched on above, a lot of his efforts arrive outdoor of the field, which in flip impacts his talent to persistently hit the objective.


Because of his versatility, Arsenal will have the ability to use Vieira in quite a lot of techniques, however it is going to be attention-grabbing to look how Arteta plans to house his new signing and Martin Odegaard in the similar XI, for the reason that they each historically thrive in very identical spaces of the pitch.

Above: Martin Odegaard’s 2021/22 Contact Heatmap

Arteta advised Sky Sports activities again in 2020 concerning the want for extra creativity in his squad, and Vieira’s addition seems to be including power intensive as Arsenal go back to the Europa League subsequent time period.

Take a look at the avid gamers that we had previously at this membership in the ones positions. You return to Cazorla, to Rosicky, to Arshavin when he performed there, to Ramsey when he performed there, to Mkhitaryan when he got here in. Even Jack Wilshere used to play in the ones wallet always.

This is a large number of avid gamers who are actually now not right here. We need to renew that cycle. They’re a large a part of what any squad wishes.” – Mikel Arteta

The creation of 5 substitutions in 2022/23 additionally approach squad avid gamers are some distance much more likely to play a extra vital position, whilst including some other ingenious participant to the ranks may just receive advantages Bukayo Saka, who used to be closely relied upon closing season and seemed in all 38 Premier League suits.

Clearly, at this level, it’s a little speculative nevertheless it does have the prospective to reason Myth bosses a couple of complications, with Vieira, Odegaard, Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe competing for 3 positions at the back of the ahead in a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 form.

Because of that uncertainty round Arsenal’s set-up, a ‘wait and notice’ way is very best instructed for Vieira, particularly for the reason that the extra safe Saka is to be had for the ones managers taking a look to faucet into the Gunners’ superb opening fixtures – albeit at a better price.

Then again, a complete of 20 objective contributions around the 2021/22 marketing campaign in reality does display the standard Vieira has within the ultimate 3rd, and he might be somebody we will be able to goal within the midfield class additional down the road. And through that time, he may additionally have had a value drop or two – additional bettering his credentials.

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