Atletico boss full of praise for on-loan Arsenal star

Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira made his debut on loan for Atletico Madrid yesterday, and his new manager Diego Simeone was full of praise afterwards.

The 24 year-old left North London on deadline day in an initial loan deal, with fellow midfielder Thomas Partey moving in the opposite direction.

Torreira played the full 90 minutes as his new side earned a 2-0 win as his side remained as La Liga’s only unbeaten side at this point in the term.

He didn’t get his name on the scoresheet, but his performance did not go unnoticed, and Simeone has moved to single his new player out for praise.

“He is a very hard-working boy, we are going to need him,” he told reporters after the match (as translated by the DailyStar).

“He competes very well, he will give us a lot of strength there in the middle of the court, when he obviously picks up the pace of the game.

“His speed characteristics, going out quickly in the circulation of the ball in the middle will generate more speed in that part of the middle of the pitch and well, hopefully he will find the best form.”

The midfielder did suffer with cramp in the latter stages of the 90 minutes, but the player battled on and managed to play on until the final whistle, which pleased his new manager further.

“We knew that such annoyances could happen because it had been a long time since he played in this situation,” Simeone continued.

“But from his first day here he showed what his characteristics were – a guy who is going to give absolutely everything.”

It remains to be seen if Torreira will make his move to the Spanish capital permanent, with no agreed transfer fee included in his loan deal, but I can’t help but feel he would still be a good option to have at the Emirates.

Could Torreira return to Arsenal next season? Why would such a hard-working player struggle under a manager like Mikel Arteta?



  1. All the best Torreira! Hope he has a smashing season and return a better player. Still one the most instinctive DMs with great positioning and anticipation

      1. As long as we donate our treasures only to a single played (who will be gone in 8 months) every other player will feel hurt and play trash.
        Look at Mkhitaryan, Elneny has good away seasons last year, Lucas debuted well.
        Keep pampering one kid at the peril of the remaining 24.

    1. A useless Torreira in our arsenal team is suddenly a first team player in a team playing in the champions league in upon his arrival within two weeks??
      MA is too negative for my liking..

  2. I said these statements some 4 weeks ago and some people kept bashing me, now they’re all on the bandwagon;

    1. Easing in players only happens at Arsenal – Correct

    2. Arteta has not changed anything at our club (No tackling, no pressing, no tempo and a will to win as previously) – Correct

    3. Even if we buy Messi, Ronaldo etc all will look like rabbits seen headlights with the current system – Correct

    4. We’ve not played convincingly in ANY of our matches – Correct

    Only remaining;
    1. Mari and Luiz are the best centerback pairing at the club – soon will be correct since Gabriel currently is the most undecided player (even overthinking simple passes)

    2. Cedric is better than Bellerin in virtually everything – already correct

    3. Nelson should be starting Arsenal games along Willian and Pepe – yet to be proved right

    1. Nelson is not arsenal. Quality, he should be playing in. The championship. Also, Cedric is useless, cannot pass or cross… I agree with you that we are playing nansense football though

    2. 1. Think it depends on the player – Gabriel already playing, Partey already used after 2 days
      2. That’s just not right – you’re not watching properly if you think that
      3. Whatever
      4. partly agree – yet we’ve only lost the 2 hardest games in the league – away at Liverpool and City.
      Only Remaining
      1. Luiz – getting old and prone to crazy mistakes. Want to see Saliba
      2. Bellerin not the player he was but Cedric hasn’ t impressed
      3. Nelson – not sure; looks OK some of the time

      Also remaining
      1. Too many average players : AMN, Elneny, Willock, Lacazette. We won’t win anything with Average players
      2. Leno not good enough – need a top drawer goalie
      3. Tactics need to evolve. Teams have learned how to combat playing out from the back. We need to find the next tactical revolution or we’ll just be copycats but not quite as good.

  3. Arteta is not a bad coach when playing, he also scouted a couple of good players as well, his problem only was how he respected city he didn’t give that pound to pound performance but he was full of respect trying to avoid a bad result of which even a one nip loss is bad to us, lastly we need a 4-2-3-1 since we now have Partey, and put back Lacazette in the starting 11

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