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'Straight back up': Charles Watts says one Arsenal player is tougher than he looks
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'Straight back up': Charles Watts says one Arsenal player is tougher than he looks

Arsenal midfielder Fabio Vieira has been praised by Goal.com correspondent Charles Watts for his display against FC Zurich.

The journalist and Gunners fan was especially pleased with the 22-year-old’s strength and physicality in the match.

Arsenal signed Vieira from Porto in June for a reported £30million fee, with an extra £4million in potential add-ons.

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The Portuguese got his first start in Thursday’s Europa League clash in Switzerland, and did well.

Vieira was good on the ball and made the superb delivery which unlocked Eddie Nketiah for Marquinhos’ opener.

Admittedly, he did play a few wayward passes in risky areas, but overall, it was a good full debut.

“Positive performance from him as our first look”

“This is our first proper look at Vieira as well and I liked what I saw there,” Watts said on his YouTube channel

“Obviously we know he’s a good player we know he’s got good technique, we know he can set up chances he’s got a really good vision he can pick a pass.

“But what I liked about that performance was his strength and his physicality because he looks small and that’s always been the worry isn’t it.

“It’s like ‘is he going to be able to cut it in the Premier League?’

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“Admittedly it was the Europa League, it wasn’t the Premier League.

“But still, you know, some meaty challenges put in. But he stood up to everything pretty well, I thought, which was good.

“He got a few kicks, he got straight back up but he showed good body strength when he was in a sort of, almost hand combat duel with people when they were trying to throw him off the ball and he stood up to it pretty well.

“Spun his man really well for the goal, really good ball through to Nketiah which you’d expect from Vieira. But positive performance from him as our first look.”

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