Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal have been using Fabio Vieira in various positions in training as they try to figure out how best to deploy his considerable talent.
Landed out of the blue from Porto for a hefty €40 million price tag, supporters are intrigued by what the Portugal under-21 international can bring to the table but have had to be patient while he recovers from a foot injury.
Judging by his participation in first team training this week and comments from the manager on the eve of Arsenal’s match with Leicester, Vieira is edging closer to full fitness and a potential debut.
Like everyone of a Gunners’ persuasion, Arteta is waiting to see how the new boy adapts to life in England and what he can bring to Arsenal’s playing style.
“I think that’s something the player is going to tell us,” responded Arteta when asked about the player’s best position.
“We already have tried him in training in different positions, he’s played on the left, the right, as a false 9, an attacking midfielder, it’s good.
“He doesn’t want to be locked into any one position as well because he’s so used to it. That’s a really positive thing for us.”
Standing 5ft 6 inches tall and with a slight frame, there are question marks about quickly Vieira will learn to cope with the physicality of the Premier League.
“I don’t know,” said Arteta when asked how long it might take to adapt. “That’s a question that’s very difficult to respond to right now.
“It might take him no time and he starts to get there depending on who he’s playing with, how the game goes and how quickly he’s going to adapt.
“What I can tell you is that he’s doing everything he can to make that process really, really short.”
For those looking to learn more about Vieira, we can heartily recommend this video by the boys at Tifo Football.
Who is Arsenal’s Fabio Vieira, and how does he play?
— Tifo Football (@TifoFootball_) August 12, 2022