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Mikel Arteta thinks World Cup break will really help Arsenal star Fabio Vieira
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Mikel Arteta thinks World Cup break will really help Arsenal star Fabio Vieira

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes the World Cup break will be really good for Fabio Vieira, who struggled against Brighton and Hove Albion last night.

The Gunners suffered just their third defeat of the season yesterday. Vieira started in Martin Odegaard’s number-10 role, but it wasn’t his best display by any means. Charles Watts, who was at the Emirates, described his first-half display as an ‘absolute howler’.

Arteta, however, isn’t worried at all.

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Mikel Arteta thinks World Cup break will really help Arsenal star Fabio Vieira

Vieira joined Arsenal from Porto for £34 million in the summer (Sky Sports). He came in with a foot injury, which cost him almost the entire pre-season, but he has shown his quality in flashes since he was declared fit.

However, the 22-year-old is still adapting to the English game. He seems a bit lightweight at times, and although his technical ability is absolutely incredible, he has struggled to cope with the intensity on occasion.

Arteta was asked about the young Portuguese midfielder yesterday and the Arsenal boss played down any worries. He believes that the World Cup break from next week could act as a mini pre-season for Vieira, and that could really help him settle in.

The Gunners boss said, as per Arsenal.com: “I think in front of goal he’s been a little bit unlucky because the last two games he could have scored a few goals.

“Every new player needs time to adapt and to play. We have asked him to play in different positions as well because of the needs we have in the squad. I’m not worried at all.

“He’s missed a big part because he came and he was injured for two and a half months. So he’s missed a whole pre-season, and I think that period now in the World Cup [break] is going to make him very good.”

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There has never been any doubt about Vieira’s quality on the ball.

The 22-year-old has incredible vision, can pick a pass, create chances and score goals. He’s a very good dribbler as well and has the ability to get out of tight spaces without losing possession.

However, he needs to get used to the speed and physical side of the English game. That, of course, will take time, and the World Cup break for about six weeks could really help him in his adaptation.

It will be interesting to see how Vieira will fare in the second half of the campaign. If he can explode into life, he could help Arsenal go on and achieve something really special this season.

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