Arsenal’s new Uruguayan central midfielder Lucas Torreira took part in his first training season with the Gunners on Monday after an extended break due to the World Cup. Pictures from his first training session have since emerged of the midfielder shouting and pointing to his teammates. Unfortunately, for the Gunners, there has been very little shouting and pointing going on during recent seasons.
Could be a leader
It may only be one training session, but Torreira has already shown in his short career so far that he is a feisty character. He is not scared of a challenge and for one so young he seems to have a lot of confidence.
Arsenal has lacked metal and character in their squad at times. In fact, in some games in recent seasons, the Gunners have been downright weak mentally. Hopefully, the summer signings, including Torreira are mentally stronger than the clubs previous signings.
Needs to start against Manchester City
Torreira may have only started training with his teammates, but for me, he has to start against Manchester City in the opening game of the campaign, a game the Gunners are odds of 21/10 to win. The 22-year-old impressed in the centre of midfielder for his national side at the World Cup and should have no problem starting the game next weekend.
It will be a baptism of fire for the youngster. However, it remains to be seen what City midfield he will be up against, as many of the Citizens midfield may well be rested after their own exertions in Russia.
Torreira alongside the more experienced Granit Xhaka in that opening game seems like it could be a good combination. However, if youngster French youngster Matteo Guendouzi continues in his current vein, the 19-year-old cannot be ruled out for a starting place either.
Torreira could prove to be a bargain
While other clubs have splashed out big fees on players, Arsenal have signed players for more modest prices. The £22million spent on the midfielder from Sampdoria could prove to be a bargain fee.
The midfielder’s performances for his national side certainly make the midfielder look as if he could prove to be a very good signing for the Gunners. The fact that he is around bossing his teammates around on his first day at training is also positive. Hopefully, he is as vocal on the pitch, which could help the team in the new season.
Could Lucas Torreira become a leader in the Arsenal team?