Arsenal: Jack Wilshere gives verdict on £34m Fabio Vieira transfer | Soccer

Jack Wilshere has spoken out about Arsenal's move to Fabio Vieira

Jack Wilshere has spoken out about Arsenal’s move to Fabio Vieira (Images: Sky Sports/Getty)

Jack Wilshere rated Arsenal’s decision to sign Fabio Vieira from Porto for €40m (£34.2m).

The Gunners made rapid progress in signing Vieira earlier this week, with the Portuguese midfielder set to undergo a medical on Friday.

Vieira provided 14 assists in the Primeira Liga last season – more than any other player – and was contested 21 times by the Portugal U21 national team, who were voted player of the tournament at last year’s European U21 Championship.

The 22-year-old will become Arsenal’s third summer signing after America goalkeeper Matt Turner and Brazil striker Marquinhos.

Mikel Arteta was keen to sign a midfielder this summer after seeing his side struggle following Thomas Partey’s injury last season.

For most of the season Arteta’s side were on course to finish in the top four, but they fell back towards the end of the season to finish fifth, two points behind north London rivals Tottenham.

Asked about Arsenal’s move to Vieira, Wilshere told talkSPORT: “I’ll be honest, I haven’t heard too much about him but I looked him up on YouTube when I saw the news break.

Vieira is set to join Arsenal in a £34m deal from Porto

Vieira is set to join Arsenal in a £34m deal from Porto (Image: Getty)

‘He looks good. Everyone looks good on YouTube, but they look like they have a little bit of themselves. Six goals and 14 assists from midfield. This is impressive.

“We all knew Arsenal had to make some signings because they are in Europe. They need a bigger squad so they’re moving, which is nice.

Arteta will not only sign a midfielder but will also sign a new striker this summer the recent departures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal are in touch with Manchester City over a deal for Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus but face competition from Premier League rivals Tottenham and Chelsea.

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