Why Arsenal have struck gold by signing Lucas Torreira in the summer
Arsenal brought in a new manager after Arsene Wenger decided to leave the club at the end of last season. Unai Emery was appointed as a new man in charge, and along with him, some new players were bought to strengthen the squad in key areas.
Young Matteo Guendouzi has already shown signs of promise while Bernd Leno is starting to prove as to why he is regarded as one of the better goalkeepers. However, there is one player who has been superb ever since he started playing for Arsenal and that is Lucas Torreira.
The Uruguayan was fantastic for his national team during the World Cup, making it clear that if Arsenal managed to sign him, it’d be a massive swoop. And the north London side succeeded in landing the 22-year-old for a fee worth £26m from Italian club Sampdoria.
Emery was initially a tad cautious when it came to handing regular playing minutes to the midfielder. As a result, Torreira had to be content with playing second halves of games and making positive impacts upon his arrival on the pitch.
The Uruguayan finally started his first game against Everton two weeks back and impressed. His ground-covering ability as a defensive midfielder is immense, especially for a team like Arsenal that plays front-foot football. In such cases, a proper shield in front of the back-line is a necessity.
And because of Torreira’s presence, Granit Xhaka is playing well since Swiss comfortably makes the ball talk rather than worrying about covering the space between the lines.
Torreira’s performance against Fulham on Sunday raised more than a few eyebrows in a positive manner. The way he sussed out opposition attacks from its origination was just remarkable to watch.
During the last decade or so, there was a lingering debate about Arsenal’s requirement for a proper defensive midfielder. From what we have seen of Lucas Torreira thus far, don’t get surprised if he becomes the player who becomes a key part of the Gunners’ squad in the future.
Credit must be given to Arsenal’s scouting and hiring department to have identified the talent and swooped in for him before any other club had a chance.