Time’s Up: Arsenal Must Finally Axe Arteta Flop Who’s Worth 2x More Than Jorginho

After spending years mired in midtable mediocrity, Arsenal has made a notable resurgence in English football. While they may not clinch the title this season, their ascent feels increasingly inevitable.

Under Mikel Arteta’s guidance, Arsenal has transformed from a seemingly lost cause in December 2019 to a formidable force capable of challenging any team in Europe. This was evident in their confrontations with last season’s treble-winners, Manchester City.

Arteta’s tactical acumen and philosophy have played a pivotal role in the club’s revival. Additionally, his adept identification of talent and signings have been instrumental in Arsenal’s recent success.

Despite several triumphs, such as the acquisitions of Martin Odegaard, Gabriel, and Declan Rice, there have also been some disappointments. One player, whose value now stands at only twice that of Jorginho, should be offloaded in the upcoming summer transfer window to prevent further depreciation.

Fabio Vieira’s Arsenal Career

Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira became part of Arteta’s Arsenal in June 2022, following a standout season with Porto in Portugal. The transfer came with a significant price tag of approximately £34m.

During his time with Porto, Vieira showcased his talent with seven goals and 16 assists in 39 appearances, demonstrating an impressive goal involvement rate of one every 1.6 games.

Upon joining Arsenal, the expectations were high for the Santa Maria da Feira-born player. However, his debut season in English football saw him only manage two goals and six assists in 33 appearances, prompting some concern but also understanding considering the transition.

Unfortunately, Vieira’s second season with Arsenal has been marked by disappointment. Despite his potential, he has struggled to make an impact. In the 2023-2024 campaign, he has started just three games and made 13 substitute appearances. In these outings, he contributed with one goal and three assists but also received a red card and faced numerous injuries, causing him to miss a significant number of matches.

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Vieira’s previous three seasons
Goal Involvements per Match0.580.240.25
All Stats via Transfermarkt

There remains a solid possibility that he could thrive in his third season with the club. However, considering his underwhelming performances and declining value, it may be prudent for the club to consider cashing in and moving on, especially given reports from January of interest from distant parties.

Fabio Vieira’s Valuation in 2024

Vieira’s current value, as per the CIES Football Observatory, stands at just €10m, approximately £9m. This marks a staggering £25m decrease from the amount Arsenal paid for him a mere two years ago.

This reevaluation also places him as the second least valuable player among those acquired by the club during the 22/23 season who are still with the team today. Only Jorginho, previously of Chelsea, holds a lower value, despite his acclaimed performance since joining Arsenal.

Valuations of Arsenal’s 2022/23 signings
PlacePlayerValuationsOriginal FeePosition
1Gabriel Jesus€80m (£69m)£45mLW/ST
2Leandro Trossard€40m (£34m)£27mLW/ST
3Jakub Kiwior€30m (£26m)£20mLB/CB
4Oleksandr Zinchenko€20m (£17m)£32mLB
5Fabio Vieira€10m (£9m)£34mAM/RW/LW
6Jorginho€5m (£4m)£12mDM/CM
All Valuations via the CIES Football Observatory

The CIES Football Observatory currently values the Italian international at a modest €5m – £4m. Yet, this valuation likely reflects his age and limited resale potential rather than his consistent top-tier performances. Throughout this season, he has consistently impressed, securing Man of the Match honors against formidable opponents like Liverpool and Newcastle United.

His invaluable contributions to Arteta’s squad have been recognized with a new contract extension, ensuring his presence at N5 beyond the expiration of his previous deal in July.

In the end, considering Vieira’s valuation being only double that of a 32-year-old Jorginho and his unimpressive performance over the past two seasons, it could be wise for Arsenal to minimize their losses and part ways with him before his value diminishes further compared to the Italian midfielder.

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