Who is Arsenal midfielder Fabio Vieira?

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

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

“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.” – Mikel Arteta

“Fabio is a player with special qualities who is comfortable with the ball in the final third 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 enchantment – or loss of it – in our newest Scout Report.


Season Team Division Apps Goals 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 the use of Transfermarkt

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

Coming during the membership’s adolescence academy, he made his senior debut with Porto B in 2019/20 and went on to attain seven objectives in 23 appearances. Those shows earnt him a choice as much as the first-team squad, the place he netted two objectives in 8 video games to lend a hand Porto elevate the name.

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

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

On the global level, he has recorded 13 objectives in 21 video games for the Portugal under-21 aspect, for whom he picked up the Best Player award on the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.


“Fabio Vieira is special because he can see everything with his head on the ground. He is a player who provides assists and can enter the area, score in midrange and in dead-ball situations. He’s also improved in terms of pressing orientation.

But what most surprises me is the way he displays his quality when many teams use a low block on the pitch, and he can decipher what the game demands. These are the players that are worth a lot of money.” – Manuel Tulipa, the Maritimo Under-23 supervisor who coached Porto’s U15, U17 and U19 aspects from 2017 till 2020

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

However, he basically operates as a 2nd 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 underneath presentations.

Above: Fabio Vieira’s 2021/22 Season Heatmap, by the use of Sofa Score

His skill to string well-weighted passes to runners in at the back of the line of defense is obvious in this YouTube highlights reel, as is his rising recognition 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 function makes an attempt in 2021/22 arriving outdoor the penalty field.

Name Mins according to function Mins according to shot Mins according to shot within the field Mins according to shot on the right track Mins according to probability 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

While it’s value including a ‘Primeira Liga’ levy on Vieira’s underlying numbers, he does pop out properly when evaluating his mins according to function, shot and probability created stats in opposition to his new team-mates.

However, as we touched on above, a lot of his efforts arrive outdoor of the field, which in flip impacts his skill to constantly hit the objective.


Due to his versatility, Arsenal will have the ability to use Vieira in quite a lot of tactics, however it’s going to be fascinating 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 Touch Heatmap

Arteta instructed Sky Sports again in 2020 in regards to the want for extra creativity in his squad, and Vieira’s addition seems to be including energy extensive as Arsenal go back to the Europa League subsequent time period.

Look at the players that we had in the past at this club in those positions. You go back to Cazorla, to Rosicky, to Arshavin when he played there, to Ramsey when he played there, to Mkhitaryan when he came in. Even Jack Wilshere used to play in those pockets all the time.

That is a lot of players who are now not here. We have to renew that cycle. They are a big part of what any squad needs.” – Mikel Arteta

The advent of 5 substitutions in 2022/23 additionally method squad gamers are some distance much more likely to play a extra important function, whilst including every other inventive participant to the ranks may just get advantages Bukayo Saka, who used to be closely relied upon remaining season and gave the impression in all 38 Premier League fits.

Obviously, at this level, it’s a little speculative however it does have the prospective to reason Fantasy 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.

Due to that uncertainty round Arsenal’s set-up, a ‘wait and see’ way is very best instructed for Vieira, particularly for the reason that the extra protected Saka is to be had for the ones managers having a look to faucet into the Gunners’ very good opening fixtures – albeit at a better price.

However, a complete of 20 function contributions around the 2021/22 marketing campaign truly does display the standard Vieira has within the ultimate 3rd, and he might be any person we will goal within the midfield class additional down the road. And by way of that time, he might also have had a worth drop or two – additional bettering his credentials.

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