Why £35m Mikel Arteta signing is getting the Aaron Ramsdale treatment

Fabio Vieira is challenged by Pascal Gross during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal FC.
Fabio Vieira is challenged by Pascal Gross during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal FC. -Credit:Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Fabio Vieira is one of the names that could be mentioned a few times in the summer transfer window as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his squad.

The 23-year-old was brought to the club in a £35 million deal from Porto. He joined Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Leandro Trossard, Jorginho, Jakub Jakub Kiwior, and Aaron Ramsdale as signings made by Arteta as Arsenal looked to build a squad capable of cementing a challenge at the top of the Premier League every season.

It has mostly been successful, with the club mounting a challenge for the title both this year and last year. Arsenal are currently second in the Premier League table, two points behind leaders Man City.

While the likes of Jesus, Zinchenko, and Trossard have played a big part in those challenges, it has been more difficult for Vieira. After mainly being used as a substitute in the Premier League last season, he has found game time even more difficult this time around.

After recovering from undergoing groin surgery, Vieira has played just 46 minutes of the last nine games in all competitions. It seems that the midfielder is not trusted to step in for Martin Odegaard in Arsenal’s midfield with Emile Smith Rowe replacing the captain for the final 10 minutes of the last Premier League game against Aston Villa.

It now seems that Arsenal will be on the lookout for an upgrade on Vieira in the summer transfer window, leaving him with even fewer chances for game time if he remains at the Emirates Stadium. His situation mirrors that of another 2022 signing.

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Goalkeeper Ramsdale has had to settle for a place on the bench for the majority of the campaign after the summer signing of David Raya. The 28-year-old joined Arsenal from Brentford on loan in the summer, with Arteta identifying the goalkeeping position as an area to upgrade,

Raya was quickly instilled as first choice ahead of Ramsdale. That has led to speculation over the latter’s future at the club beyond this season.

He could be one of the players sold in the summer to generate funds for incomings. He has openly spoken about his dissatisfaction with being second choice and could move on on the lookout for game time.

He may not be the only signing from the 2022/23 transfer window, with Vieira in a similar situation. Sales could generate funds for Arteta to continue to strengthen ahead of the 2024/25 campaign.