Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta does not trust the ability of summer signing Fabio Viera claims Gary Neville

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Gary Neville has said that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta does not trust the ability of Fabio Viera. The Gunners signed him in the summer transfer window from Porto.

However, he has failed to create an impact during his substitute appearances in the Premier League. Hence, Mikel Arteta has not used him as a substitute in the last two games.


Arsenal dropped points in the Premier League. They drew 0-0 against the high-flying Newcastle United. There were also a lot of controversial penalty decisions. However, the main point is the Magpies managed to stop the Gunners from scoring. Hence, Mikel Arteta’s team dropped points for the third time this season. The Gunners midfielders also failed to create the perfect pass for their forwards to feed on. Hence, pundit Gary Neville also made the same point.

He further said,

“They do rely on the perfect pass and the thread, they haven’t got full-backs that deliver really good crosses, they haven’t got a midfield player that switches play or plays De Bruyne-style crosses. They’re always relying on the short bits of play around the box, which Newcastle to be fair defended so well and so resiliently and so compactly, made it so difficult for them, and they didn’t have another plan off the bench.”

Gary Neville also made the point that Arsenal’s manager does not trust one of his attacking midfielders.


Arsenal signed Fabio Viera from Porto in the summer transfer window for 34 million. However, he has failed to create an impact for the club in his first season. The only highlight is his brilliant goal against Brentford. Hence, Mikel Arteta did not use Fabio Viera as a substitute for the second game in a row. This was despite the Gunners needing a brilliant pass to unlock Newcastle’s defense. Hence, Gary Neville has said that Mikel Arteta does not trust the ability of Fabio Viera.

He further said,

Arteta, he looks at £34 million Vieira on his bench and doesn’t bring him on, so he doesn’t have faith that he’s going to improve the team that was out there. Fabio Vieira cost £34million. Mikel obviously thought he would’ve weakened the side by bringing him on.”

Hence, there is a possibility that Arsenal will loan him out in the next summer transfer window. However, he will stay here till the end of this season. This is because Mikel Arteta needs squad depth for the remainder of the season.

The other reason is also that Arsenal are looking to complete the signing of a winger, a striker, and a holding midfielder. Hence, Mikel Arteta does not have a budget to sign an attacking midfielder. Therefore, this is a blessing in disguise for Fabio Viera. He has the chance to impress Mikel Arteta in the training sessions and the FA Cup games.

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