Mikel Arteta says he’s sure that Arsenal fans will enjoy seeing Fabio Vieira as he starts to make headway after his summer move from Porto.
The 22 signed for £35m in a whirlwind deal, but his start was delayed by an ankle injury.
However, he made his debut on Sunday in the 3-1 defeat to Man Utd, and showed some nice touches in the final stages of game.
Ahead of the Europa League group stage game against FC Zurich on Thursday evening in which the Portuguese midfielder is set to start, the Arsenal boss explained why Vieira was a player the club targetted.
“We were looking for players that could play in three positions in the front-line, and in the attacking midfielder positions,” he said.
“We were looking for very specific qualities in the market and when I saw him, I really liked what I saw.
“Straight away, I was convinced that he was a player who can help us go to the next level and that he had the right personality and character to play for our club.
“It’s a shame that we detected an injury when we were doing the medical. He had no pre-season and everything has been delayed, but hopefully you’re going to see a lot more of him in the next few weeks, and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it.”
Speaking about tomorrow’s opposition, Arteta was taking nothing for granted.
“The biggest danger is that, after the season they had last year, they haven’t got the results that they expected,” he said.
“You can see how willing they are to win football matches. This is a different competition, a different context and I expect a team that is going to be very ready tomorrow.”