Arsenal vs Brentford on the seventh day of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign on Sunday (September 18). The Gunners won 3-0, as Vieira scored with the third goal of the game.
Vieira, who made his debut for the Gunners against Brentford, caught up to Bukayo Saka’s pass, looked up and sent the ball home with a left-footed shot. The 49th minute goal left a strong impression on Ferdinand, and the Englishman took the time to praise the Portuguese’s superb goal. On his YouTube channel, Ferdinand said (via TheBootRoom):
“Vieira’s goal, wow. Vieira’s goal is first. Lovely target. He looks a really good player, by the way, good signing. “
Vieira, who joined the club from Porto for a fee of €35 million in July 2017, has so far featured in three games for Arsenal this season across all competitions, scoring one goal.
Bukayo Saka impresses in Arsenal’s comfortable win over Brentford
At just 21 years old, Bukayo Saka has emerged as a respected leader in north London. The England international regularly finds a way to participate in the team’s constructive play and has developed a habit of showing up with important goals and assists. Saka is a formidable presence on the right flank, often using his speed and cunning to get past the defence.
Saka’s skill was on full display in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Brentford. He came in with two assists against Ong, scoring for William Saliba and Vieira respectively. Saliba’s goal came in the 17th minute, when Saka found a finisher from a corner. Four minutes into the second half, Saka passed the ball to Vieira in the penalty area and the rookie would take care of the rest.
In addition to the assists, Saka also made 3 key passes, won a few duels and achieved a pass accuracy rate of 93% (40 passes).
During the 2022-23 Premier League season, Saka made seven appearances, scoring one goal and providing four assists. The winger is yet to open his scoring account in this season’s Europa League (one appearance).