Mikel Arteta has confirmed that summer signing Fabio Vieira is fit and ready for Arsenal’s debut ahead of their Saturday trip to Bournemouth in the Premier League. Summer signing Fabio Vieira failed to return from his foot injury in time to feature in Arsenal’s opening two games of the 2022-23 campaign but is now expected to be fit and ready. Mikel Arteta loves how summer signing Fabio Vieira is capable of operating in a broad role behind the forwards. He is looking forward to working with him more and finding out where best he fits into the team. Arsenal will keep summer signing Marquinhos here for a few more months and make sure he settles in at the club and with the side. As he has proved impressive during the pre-season and in his two under-21s caps, Mikel Arteta is going to allow the full-back the opportunity to settle into the Arsenal squad, then evaluate things later.
The club’s PS 72m signing of Nicolas Pepe has been linked with a move to the likes of Nice, but Mikel Arteta has kept his mouth shut about the winger’s future and those of the rest of the squad that is struggling for game-time. Nicolas Pepe made just five Premier League starts last season under Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, and expectations are he will be gone this summer. Arteta revealed no new injury concerns for him before the clash with Bournemouth. Mikel Arteta has not ruled out Nicolas Pepe leaving Arsenal this summer, having scored only 27 goals in 112 Premier League games with the club. A report claimed Nicolas Pepe has emerged as a shrewd target for French side Nice but that they want only a loan move.
Arteta has also commented on Saka’s contract, as he believes in the player’s relationship with the club and his family members. It is now just a matter of time before he signs the contract extension. Arteta also added that he wants this to be completed on an urgent basis as he doesn’t want the players to be distracted during the campaign.
Arsenal has started the 2022-23 campaign very strongly as they grabbed two out of two victories and are in the second place only because the English Champions Mancheter City had kept clean sheets in both their games and scored more goals. However, it is too early to predict the table situation as this season is very different from others. The season will be paused in between so that the players can go and participate in the FIFA World Cup that will take place in Qatar later this year. So we can expect the unexpected from this campaign.