Joe Cole hails ‘fantastic’ Arsenal midfielder Fabio Vieira after Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Bodo/Glimt

Joe Cole hails 'fantastic' Arsenal midfielder Fabio Vieira after Arsenal's 3-0 win over Bodo/Glimt

‘Everything he does is with purpose’: ‘Fantastic’ Fabio Vieira hailed by Joe Cole after the Arsenal playmaker starred during Gunners’ 3-0 win over Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League… with pundit praising his ‘velvet left foot’ and ‘confidence’

  • Arsenal beat Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday
  • Fabio Vieira starred for the Gunners on the night, scoring and adding an assist
  • Vieira joined Mikel Arteta’s side from Porto for £34m during the summer window
  • However, he is behind club captain Martin Odegaard in the pecking order

Joe Cole hailed Arsenal’s midfielder Fabio Vieira after he starred during the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League on Thursday.

The 22-year-old moved to the Emirates from Porto for £34m in the summer but saw his early progress at the club halted through injury.

However, he excelled on Thursday, adding the third goal for Mikel Arteta’s side. Vieira had earlier haid laid on a superb assist for Rob Holding in the first half with a pinpoint cross after Eddie Nketiah opened the scoring on the night.

Fabio Vieira scored and excelled in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League

Joe Cole was full of praise for Vieira following the game and hailed his ‘velvet left foot’

The Portuguese midfielder also scored on his first Premier League start at Brentford and impressed during the Gunners’ Europa League win over FC Zurich last month.

Despite showing his quality during his three starts for the club, Vieira has only featured on two other occasions as a late substitute in games against Manchester United and Tottenham.

Vieira finds himself behind club captain Martin Odegaard in the pecking order at Arsenal in his favored No 10 role, raising questions about how much he will play this season.

The Portuguese playmaker took his opportunity on Thursday at the Emirates by demonstrating his talents and after the game, Joe Cole was full of praise for Vieira.

The 22-year-old joined from Porto for £34m and also scored on his first Premier League start

The 22-year-old joined from Porto for £34m and also scored on his first Premier League start

‘At these types of clubs there’s always going to be competition,’ Cole told BT Sport.

‘What I love about Vieira is that finish is absolutely brimming with confidence. He’s gone “I’m going to put it in the roof of the net with my left foot and open the body”.’

‘Everything he does is with purpose and he’s one of those technicians with an absolute velvet left foot.

‘He’s got the competition in Odegaard but this guy is a fantastic player.’

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown was also impressed with Vieira’s performance against the Norwegian side and acknowledged the competition he faced the nail down a starting place for the Gunners.

Vieira has found himself behind club captain Martin Odegaard in the pecking order at Arsenal

Vieira has found himself behind club captain Martin Odegaard in the pecking order at Arsenal

Keown said: ‘I thought Vieira was really good tonight. Odegaard is the club captain now but he (Arteta) left them on the pitch together at the end so there’s quite a good battle to see which one comes through now.

‘This is where the Europa League is absolutely perfect as it gives them (Arsenal) an opportunity to nurture the players. We’ve seen it before with the Saka’s, and the Martinelli’s.’

Arsenal went top of Group A after their win while they are also top of the Premier League following seven wins from their first eight games.

Arteta’s side are next in action when they face Liverpool on Sunday in a mouth-watering clash, before they travel to Norway to face Bodo/Glimt again next Thursday.

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