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Paul Merson agrees with Emile Smith Rowe on ‘exciting’ Edu signing amid Arsenal debut

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Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League and got off to the perfect start in the Europa League with a win against FC Zurich.

Arsenal summer signing Fabio Vieira hasn’t had the easiest start to life at the Emirates Stadium since completing a £34million move from Porto.

Vieira joined the Gunners as their third summer signing but began life in north London by recovering from a foot injury sustained whilst on international duty with Portugal under-21s. The talented playmaker made his official Arsenal debut on Thursday and impressed fans with his performance in the 2-1 win over FC Zurich.

Vieira operated in a similar role to that of club captain Martin Odegaard against Zurich and made an instant impact for his new side playing a key role in the first goal, releasing Eddie Nketiah down the left flank before young Brazilian Marquinhos finished off the move with a fine finish. The 19-year-old may have stolen the headlines with a goal and an assist on his debut, but Vieira’s performance didn’t go under the radar with supporters full of praise for the Portuguese midfielder.

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Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has agreed with Emile Smith Rowe’s assessment of Vieira, admitting he has seen enough to know that the 22-year-old is an ‘exciting player’. Merson told Sportskeeda: “Fabio Vieira came on against Manchester United and made a good impact, but Arsenal need to bounce back after their first defeat of the season last weekend.

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“Vieira looks like an exciting player, but I just hope they play their best team and don’t look to experiment for the sake of it.”

Merson’s comments agree with what Smith Rowe said during pre-season when the Arsenal star was able to get a closer look at the Portuguese playmaker in first-team training. Smith Rowe said: “He’s very similar [to Bernardo Silva]. He’s a very good passer of the ball, his left foot is very good and he likes to create goals and score them himself.

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“I’ve already played against him at international level, so I can’t speak highly enough of him, and the fans should be really excited. At the Euro Under-21s, they [Portugal] beat us 2-0 and he was unbelievable in that game.”

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The Premier League took the decision to postpone this weekend’s fixtures with action unlikely to return next weekend as the country enters a period of National Mourning following the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. The extended break will give Mikel Arteta a chance to work on the training pitch in greater details as the Gunners prepare for the clash against PSV Eindhoven on Thursday.

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