FABIO VIEIRA has been pumping iron to bolster himself for Arsenal’s title challenge.
The Portuguese playmaker is still adjusting to the frenzied pace of the top flight after his £30million move from Porto in the summer.
But the determined 22-year-old wants to do everything to speed up the learning process.
And a big part of his plan to become a key member of Mikel Arteta’s table toppers is to add extra muscle to his lightweight frame.
Ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Leeds, Vieira said: “It’s a different kind of game in England than in Portugal. In England it’s more physical. I have to work on it and I promise I will. I’m in the gym three times a week.
“It’s time to improve to help the team keep going and work every day because we come first and we have to continue that run.
“Everyone knows what the boss wants, so the way of playing is simple. When you understand the tactics and everything you need to do, the mood is much more positive.”
Vieira has only started one league game for Arsenal but has been a key player in their perfect Europa League start.
And fears he was too similar in style to play alongside captain Martin Odegaard were allayed in Thursday night’s 1-0 win at Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt.
Vieira said: “Winning against a team that has 14 straight wins at home in Europe and in difficult weather away shows how good our mentality is.
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“Everyone knows Martin has a lot of quality and I’m here to help him and all my other teammates as much as I can.”
Odegaard is equally confident he can work with the Portugal U21 international, stating: “Fabio is a bit different than me and it’s great to play with him.
“He has great qualities on the ball and we can both play in different positions, so hopefully we’ll do more together in the future.”
Vieira is likely back on the bench at Elland Road as Arsenal look to maintain their narrow lead at the top of the table.
And Odegaard insists the Gunners’ sparkling start to the season is not a flash in the pan.
He said: “I’m not surprised by the resilience of this team to keep winning games because I know the mindset we have now.
“Everyone is ready for every game and it doesn’t matter who starts, our mentality is always to go out there and get the three points.
“Everyone knows the style and the principles at the club and we’re all fighting for the same thing.
“It’s such a busy schedule playing every three days so we need to recover as soon as possible because Leeds are a difficult game.
“It was a very good start, but nobody gets carried away. We have to keep calm and work hard.
“And then we’ll see where that takes us this season.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/6447809/arsenal-fabio-vieira-gym-body/ Arsenal star Fabio Vieira pumps iron three times a week in a desperate bid to transform the physique for the Premier League