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Alan Smith hails Arsenal star Fabio Vieira’s ‘lovely’ assist against Wolves

Arsenal pulled off an impressive win over Wolves tonight, with Fabio Vieira playing a big part in the Gunners’ victory.

Mikel Arteta’s men received a huge boost even before the game started: Manchester City lost to Brentford. That meant Arsenal would remain top of the table regardless of the result at Molineux, but they won the game anyway.

Vieira, one of the first substitutes, was very impressive.

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Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith praises Arsenal midfielder Fabio Vieira

Arsenal played their strongest team today, which means Granit Xhaka started in the middle of the park. However, the Swiss international went to the ground after a few minutes.

Xhaka kept going as long as she could, but her career was over. He was replaced by summer signing Vieira, who turned heads, especially in the second half of the game.

The 22-year-old Portuguese midfielder worked very hard, but his magic moment came in the 54th minute, for Martin Odegaard’s opening goal.

Vieira went past Gabriel Jesus and Jose Sa charged him to stop a shot. Vieira skilfully lifted the ball over the rushing goalkeeper and put it on a layup for Odegaard, who made no mistake.

Smith was very impressed.

He said on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game (minute 55): “It’s a bit of skill and composure actually in death just to get drunk with (José) Sa.

He is (Vieira) such an intelligent coach.”

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Vieira joined Arsenal from Porto in the summer, but his transition has not been easy. He came in with an injury that sidelined him for the entire Gunners preseason, but since he’s recovered he’s been working hard.

Arsenal fans have seen flashes of brilliance from Vieira, and they saw it again tonight.

His assist was absolutely fantastic, and that opened the door for the Gunners, who hadn’t had a shot on target until that point in the game.

The six-week offseason could now act as a preseason of sorts for Vieira. It could really help him adjust to the English game, and he could explode once he returns to Premier League football on Boxing Day.

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