Great news – Torreira ready to start for Arsenal against Chelsea

I think we are just going to have to write off Arsenal’s defeat last week, and out it down to inexperience of Emery’s tactics and the late return of some of our new star players into the fold. But Stephan Lichtsteiner got a good hour last week and Sokratis and Guendouzi played the whole game, and our star turn Lucas Torreira came on for a 20 minute cameo.

But when asked whether Torreira would be ready to start against Chelsea, Emery said: “Yes, he is okay every day and is training good,”

“He is now with the team and knowing and learning English conversation with us and can understand all the things we want to do tactically on the pitch.

“He is okay, the first match against City he played 15 to 20 minutes and I think this is good, I want to continue with him improving and to be okay to play.”

And when prompted on what position he would be played in (I don’t know why they asked such a silly question!) Emery said: “We can speak about the No 6, the No 8 and the No 10 [roles],” said Emery. “Torreira today is a six, eight. Normally every player has two positions – Torreira is six, eight. Maybe also Elneny is six and eight. Xhaka maybe also six, eight. Matteo [Guendouzi] maybe six, eight or eight, six.

“Maybe another player, a more attacking player like Aaron Ramsey, he is more of an eight, 10 – but this possibility to play with two or three midfielders, it depends on each match whether to change or not and the demand in each match. Whether we can do one midfielder more either more attacking or more defensive, it depends.”

So according to him, most of his midfielders can play anywhere! But the most important thing is that our much needed terrier of a defensive midfielder is available to go in and terrorize Chelsea.

Come on you Gunners!!!

Sam P


  1. Good News Lucas Torreira to start.

  2. Gifted says:

    So tomorrow its Torreira, Guendouzi and Xhaka against Joghinho, Kante and Kovacic.. I wish us best of luck. We gon’ need it

  3. John Legend says:

    I expect a better game against Chelsea, win, draw or lose.

  4. Sarmmie says:

    Torriera will definitely start and xhaka shouldn’t start ahead of guendouzi cos the latter clearly did better last week, so torreira and guendouzi should start in the middle tomorrow(irrespective of whose places they take), lacazette too should start ahead of Ramsey and Chelsea will be weeping come tomorrow night

    1. Eddie Hoyte says:

      This is my wish too… I hope Xhaka doesn’t start over Guendozi

    2. Sarmmie says:

      But I see Ramsey retaining his no 10 role, emery might want him to mark out jorginho,who sarri will ask to sit deep and orchestrate play from the back, out of the game, but I think its its mkhitaryan that’ll be benched, cos I feel lacazette will start

  5. ken1945 says:

    Love the fact that Emery doesn’t see the need to stereotype any player into just one position.
    It obviously gives him so much more flexibility when analysing each team’s playing style.
    I think he will play all his new signings except for Leno after his baptism of fire against City.
    Hope so anyway… like this man more every time he answers a question. Really comes across as a professional and passionate man who knows what he wants.
    Just want him to play hardball with Ramsey now and tell him the options available, not the other way round.

    1. Xxnofx says:

      Agree on Ramsey ,but I’ve got a really bad feeling Ramsey is again going to be playing in that same postion .emery said something about ozil defending and him being on the wing and coming in ,which I take from that is they will be playing in the same positions as the city game .if this does happen and he again plays xhaka then I see the same result as last weekend .

  6. I really think emery should play 442.
    Leceisteiner mustaphi sokratis monreal
    Guendozi. Torreira
    Ramsey. Mhikitaryn
    Laca. Aubameyang
    With ramsey and mhiki playing more as wide midfeiders, just like how koke and Gabi were being used at athletico Madrid. So that laca will come deep n be our version of aguero and Auba being our main goalscoring threat.

    1. Th14 says:

      More like 4-2-2-2

      We’ll lose with this formation

  7. ThirdManJW says:

    In regards to tomorrow, please no Ozil, and Xhaka! I am begging you Emery!

    1. Innit says:

      Ozil is paid £350,000 per week so Emery has to play him.

      Also when Ozil is on form he is amazing so maybe Emery can get the best out of him

      1. ThirdManJW says:

        But when is Ozil ever in form against the top teams?

  8. GreginBolivia says:

    IMO only one of Ozil, Ramsey or Miki can play as they all don’t work hard defensively, which means I would play Ozil, but centrally, as he is the best player we have to play Laca or Aubemayang through on goal. We need physically tougher players who will put their foot in so I would play all of Torreira, Welbeck and Guendouzi before considering Ramsey, Xhaka or Miki. All the new signings, although cheap, have shown more determination and tactical know-how than the Ramsey, Xhaka, Miki, Bellerin. Just my opinion, though I don’t get to see many games.

  9. GreginBolivia says:

    I don’t get to see many games but IMO ALL the new signings should start, as they show more determination and positional/tactical awareness than some of the old ‘regulars’, even though none of them cost much. I hope Emery will play Torreira, Guendouzi, Welbeck as they will all put their foot in and look to play the ball forwards, and we need to be physically strong against Chelsea. I would only play one of Ozil, Miki, Ramsey or Xhaka as we can’t carry more than one who doesn’t put in a defensive shift, so I would play Ozil centrally as he is the most likely to play Laca or Aubameyang in on goal.

    1. Sarmmie says:

      There’s one thing called ‘useless hardwork’, Ramsey and welbeck’s name are the things that one to my mind each time I hear those words

  10. if emery can play 4:3:3 formation i we be better and i emery 2 drop xhaka and ozil

  11. jon fox says:

    Along with Aubamayang and Lichtsteiner (at RB) Torreira MUST be the first name on the teamsheet. We DIDN’T SPEND ALL THOSE YEARS CALLING OUT WENGER for his crass refusal to buy a proper DM, to now finally get one but then not play him. An absolute must for Torreira. Shame we had not one of remotely his quality ever since Gilberto left a decade ago. But the Wenger lovers on here – and incredibly, their still ARE SOME left – tell us, who craved his sacking for years and years, that we must not now mention him. Well, it is a free country and I just have . So there!

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