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Thursday, August 6, 1998 Published at 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK

Sport: Football

Gunners sign Vivas

Arsenal: hoping to repeat past success with new signings

Arsenal have completed the signing of Argentina international defender Nelson Vivas for an undisclosed fee.

He is expected to make his debut in this weekend's Charity Shield clash against Manchester United at Wembley.

Vivas joins the London side from Swiss club Lugano where he had been playing on loan from Argentine side Boca Juniors.

Vivas is Arsenal's first major signing since clinching the FA Cup and League championship double last season.

[ image: Wenger: new signing to strengthen Gunners' defence]
Wenger: new signing to strengthen Gunners' defence
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the new signing would strengthen the Gunners' defence.

Wenger said: "Nelson is an experienced, versatile footballer and will play a pivotal role in this year's domestic and European campaigns."

Vivas played in the Argentina team which knocked England out of the France '98 World Cup. He has 32 caps for his country.

Vivas said he had many offers after the World Cup but the chance to play for Arsenal was too good to miss.

"Boca Juniors wanted to take me back but I wanted to stay with the Arsenal option," he said.

Vivas said he had completed one dream by playing in the World Cup. Moving to England would be the fulfilment of another.

"When you play professional football in Argentina you are always looking towards Europe and of course, England is one of the most important places," he said.

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