'Really sharp': Media wowed by Arsenal 22-year-old's 'excellent' display v Milan today
Arsenal won the Dubai Super Cup after beating AC Milan in normal time and on penalties at the Al-Maktoum Stadium.
The Gunners had already won their first mid-season clash in the Emirates, beating Lyon last week.
Mikel Arteta’s charges opened the scoring on 21 minutes, Martin Odegaard curling home a superb free kick.
Arsenal then made it 2-0 in the 41st minute, Fabio Vieira setting up Reiss Nelson for a deflected finish.
Milan, however, pulled one back in the second half, the unmarked Fikayo Tomori heading home from a free kick.
The Gunners held on for all three points, before then prevailing in the ensuing penalty shootout.
Karl Hein, who made four saves out of five in the first shootout, denied Brahim Diaz as Arsenal triumphed 4-3.
Plenty of positives for Mikel Arteta and his coaches to take on board from the mid-season break in Dubai.
One of those was the form of Fabio Vieira, who played well in both matches.
Goal.com‘s Charles Watts awarded a 7 out of 10 rating to the 22-year-old.
‘Couldn’t repeat his heroics against Lyon, but showed some nice touches,’ he wrote. ‘Excellent play in the build-up to the second goal.’
Likewise, 90Min gave Vieira a 7 out of 10 for his efforts.
‘Some really sharp bursts forward,’ they wrote. ‘Not always involved but looked dangerous whenever he did get on the ball.’
And football.london went with a 6 out of 10 rating, writing: ‘More influential in this second half but still relatively limited.
‘Came off around the 70-minute mark as Arsenal look to build him up.’
Arteta has taken his time with Vieira, but he’s shaping up to be a very promising player.
Hopefully we’ll see much more of him in the second half of the season.
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