The Brazillian starlet who joined Fc Barcelona on a 6 year permenant deal from Gremio in Brazil put a stunning performance against Tottenham in the USA as part of the team’s preseason tournament underway in the US.
Arthur struck with a curling effort from the edge of the box as Barca drew 2-2 with the London side in the International Champions Cup, winning on penalties.
The 21-year-old played the first 45 minutes and looked at ease in his first appearance since signing from Gremio for €31 million earlier this month.
Coach Ernesto Valverde, who gave debuts to new signings Clement Lenglet and Malcom, was also impressed.
“Arthur’s a player that we think can give us a lot of things and he’s shown that today,” he said at his postmatch news conference. “He’s good in possession, on the ball, carrying it forward, he can get in areas to shoot.
“Both Lenglet and Arthur have had some time training with the team now. There were fewer doubts with Lenglet because he’s come from La Liga, but we’re working on Arthur’s [adaption]. This was his first game, his debut, and he was motivated. It was a good display.”
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