Fabio Vieira wore the same number throughout his time at Porto but will find this at Arsenal when he reaches a £ 38million transfer deal this summer.
Fabio Vieira is there for a nasty surprise when he arrives at Arsenal – as he will find his number of favorite teams already settled in the Emirates Stadium.
The midfielder, 22, will join the Gunners on a transfer fee of around £ 38 million this summer after Mikel Arteta’s side signed a deal with Porto. Vieira had an impressive 2021/22 season, scoring six goals and contributing to 16 assists in all competitions as the Portuguese won the league-cup double.
This confirmed Arsenal would make him their host of the summer window now, following Brazilian midfielder Marquinhos at the door. The North London club have not confirmed what numbers their two new signers will wear, but Vieira may have been hoping to get the No. 50 shirt.
He wore this number to his entire club, first for Porto B and then the seniors after finishing his first team in June 2020. However, the No. 50 has already been taken to Arsenal by a famous celebrities in. face of James Hillson.
The 21-year-old joined the Gunners from the Open in 2019 and has spent the last three years developing at the school and managing his career with the Under-18s and Under-23s. Although he hasn’t made a senior appearance for Arsenal, he has been named in the senior squad, which means he needs a number.
It could spell bad news for Vieira, leaving him without a chance to find his happy shirt. The happy hope is often given to No. 23 for Portugal under 21-21 but – just like No. 50 – who are based at Arsenal, Albert Sambi Lokonga.
However, there are plenty of other options available for Vieira, but number 14 doesn’t seem to be a badge, and Eddie Nketiah is ready to give away the shirt worn by Thierry Henry and most recently, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. On the other hand, Number 12 is on the table, as is No. 9 strip, formerly occupied by athlete Alexandre Lacazette, though usually reserved for the middle.
It remains to be seen when Arsenal will make a decision on the numbers who will wear their new signatures. They may be waiting to complete their entry and exit this summer before handing out shirts ahead of the new Premier League campaign. The Gunners will open the season with a trip to Crystal Palace on the night of Friday 5 August. Currently, they face Nurnberg, Everton, Orlando City, Chelsea and Sevilla in first -team matches.