Xavi Hernández has been one of the most prestigious voices to have backed Arthur to shine at Barcelona. Xavi told TV3 that the Brazilian "is a talent" and "could really fit in well at Barça". He later added, "Another factor is the mental aspect; his adaptation to the country, the league and a club as big as Barça." Xavi feels that Arthur will prove to be a good signing for Barcelona.
Arthur has heard about Xavi's comments and admitted, in an interview with SPORT, that he felt emotional listening to them. "Xavi is someone I look up to. Imagine what it means to hear that he's been talking about me. It's something I'm very grateful for. I've always admired and looked up to him. For him to speak well about my signing makes me feel extremely proud."
In Brazil they talk a lot about the comparisons between Xavi and Arthur. Barcelona's new signing is footballer who excels at keeping the ball and showing his quality on the pitch. His positional play and vision to help out his teammates has made him one of the best players in South America. All those qualities were mastered by Xavi and made him one of the best players in the history of football.