I have found myself on a number of occasions talking about the make-up of the Arsenal central midfield, mainly the lack of playing minutes for summer signing Lucas Torreira. For me, the Uruguayan was the sort of central midfielder Arsenal needed in the summer.
Showed his qualities against Newcastle
Once again, on Saturday at Newcastle, Torreira found himself on the bench with Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka starting in the centre of the pitch for the Gunners.
At half time, it was obvious that young Guendouzi was not having his best game, which happens to young players developing their game.
Gunners boss Unai Emery decided to hook the young Frenchman and bring on Torreira as his replacement. The 22-year-old made a big impact in the centre of the park with his energy and tenacity.
His presence seemed to bring calm to central midfield partner Xhaka. The Swiss star often flatters to deceive, but he produced a far steadier performance with the Uruguayan international next to him.
In short, the display was typical of what Torreira brings to a team. Even at such a tender age, his ability to influence the game is superb. Nobody who has watched him play for Samp or Uruguay will have been surprised by his display.
Will he start against Vorskla?
Arsenal have a midweek Europa League clash with Vorskla of Ukraine prior a home game against Everton. It is unclear how Unai Emery will approach the competition and what sort of team he will field.
However, the Spanish boss has a history with the Europa League, having won Europe’s secondary competition on three occasions with Sevilla.
If Torreira does not start on Thursday, then I suggest that he will likely start the weekend home game against Everton, who look seriously out of form.
Torreira should now be a starter
Maybe now is the time to rest young Guendouzi and start Torreira from the start of matches. The Uruguayan was supposedly signed as a partner for Xhaka and the pair seemed to work well together.
Arsenal have had a soft centre for far too long. However, Torreira alone will not fix that, but the Gunners will certainly be tougher to beat with him in the centre of the park. Emery now needs to start him from the beginning and then hopefully the team’s results will continue to be positive in the next few weeks.
Should Lucas Torreira now start for Arsenal?