Is Torreira the reason Arsenal can be real challengers?

To be fair, we haven’t really seen the best of Lucas Torreira in an Arsenal shirt yet, but we certainly do seem to improve massively defensively when he comes on as a sub, and even though he is not yet used to playing in the Premier League he seems to add a lot of steel to the team when he is on the pitch.

According to the ex-Arsenal midfielder turned pundit Adrian Clarke, who writes analysis for the official Arsenal website, Torreira is the answer to all our problems. He said: “Arsenal have been crying out for a top-class specialist defensive midfielder for many seasons,”

“They have found one in the shape of Lucas Torreira.

“Unai Emery gently integrated the summer signing from Sampdoria, using him as a substitute in the first five matches of 2018/19.

“After a positive impact in each of those second-half appearances, Torreira has become a fixture in the first team and already one of their most influential players.

“Adding defensive focus, steadfast aggression, positional discipline and ball-winning qualities to the Arsenal midfield, Torreira provides excellent protection to the back four.

“He has transformed the team’s tactical approach, making Arsenal harder to break down and giving them a more solid central platform that allows Granit Xhaka and others to focus on creativity.

“Torreira can be relied upon not to stray too far away from his holding midfield position, always being in place to cover.

“This gives team-mates the confidence that their forays forward will not leave gaps.”

Torreira has only actually started three games for us, but could he really be our secret weapon this season?

Sam P


  1. Ddog says:

    Yes. I’m imagining a future pairing of Torreira and AMN. I think they would compliment each other beautifully as long as AMN continues improving. The aggression and defensive abilities of LT with the pace ,power and skill of AMN. Not to mention LTs attacking threat!

  2. Roshan says:

    He is every bit the reason. He has been fantastic and it’s so pleasingly to see a proper DM in line up.

  3. Sue says:

    He’s so good at what he does, I can see him being up for player of the season (thank you Sven)

    So glad this bloody international break is over… we can get on with the important stuff – watching & supporting the greatest team the world has ever seen COYG

  4. Midkemma says:

    I was saying earlier on another thread about how our def has been let down by a lack of a true DM along with Wengers defensive flaws in drilling our CBs.

    Emery will give our def confidence from practice, not just emotional confidence but confidence from training hard, this will also help our attack gain trust in the defence doing the job needed to IF they can’t quickly win it back.

    Torreira will allow our CBs to play football while being able to dazzle himself when needs must.
    The way he holds his pos will allow our CBs to cover more width which in turn will cover our fullbacks, to allow them to push forward and act like wingers in attack.

    It doesn’t surprise me that our attack has done better with him in the team as well as having a massive impact in how few goals we have conceded recently.

    I hope Guendouzi is paying attention as he shows great promise in that role as well, just a little raw atm and needs to gain that experience, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Guendouzi replace Torreira often in the 2nd half… Assuming we are winning.

    1. jon fox says:

      Humbug! When I say, as I have repeatedly done, EXACTLY as YOU say in your first paragraph, you shoot me down FOR SAYING IT. But when YOU say it we are meant to think it the truth. Well, I KNOW it is the truth. Hypocrite!

  5. Wiggy says:

    So glad this so boring international break is over… And now we can get on with the important stuff – which is watching & supporting the greatest team the world has ever seen !!!

  6. TBull says:

    I worry about his size though. I hope he does alot of gym work

    1. khadii says:

      kante isn’t that big either, and he has played consistently in the league for 3years…
      4get about the size of the dog, its about the size of the fight in the dog.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Kante’s work rate, ball control and stamina are excellent, despite his small stature

        Torreira is showing similar qualities as well and Guendouzi/ Elneny/ Maitland-Niles can always replace him if he is unfit

        As what the other fans said, it’s too early to talk about title challenge and Torreira is just one of the reasons of Arsenal’s excellent run. If Xhaka can score and assist more from set-pieces, I’m confident of the top four finish

    2. Sue says:

      TBull… you shouldn’t worry about his size – he’s hench!!!!! ?

  7. ozziegunner says:

    Lucas Torreira is the specialist DM who Arsenal has craved since Gilberto Silva left. Every man and his dog knew Arsenal needed a DM, except Arsene Wenger.
    The improvement to the Arsenal defense as measured by goals conceded is evident to all as Torreira was integrated into the team. The improvement in the play of Xhaka when teamed with Torreira has been another positive. I’m looking forward to the return of Ashley Maitland Niles into this midfield with Ozil in the number 10 role and Lacazette and Aubameyang up front.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Wenger’s DM seemed to be Xhaka, but he was ineffective in that role, due to his limitations

      Now Emery seems to have freed Xhaka from the defending tasks and asks him to focus into playmaking instead

      1. Ackshay says:

        Xhaka was a deep lying playmaker under wenger since the man had no clue what a dm was. He tried to make the only 2 good dm(song,coquelin) we had in this decade into a mix of dm and DLP and it failed lamentably. The man wanted to put the maximum attacking players possible hence he had 8 attacking and only 2 defenders.

        No wonder our cb was getting spanked. Mustafi isn’t the disaster some think when he has adequate protection. There is a reason every promising cb we buy plays well at the start even winning arsenal player of the month like holding chambers did then became bad, Wenger training top attacking coach useless defending.

        1. ozziegunner says:

          ?well summarised Ackshay.

      2. waal2waal says:

        long before that Xhaka purchase it was rumoured that he was in fact wengers second choice, the first choice being Adrien Rabiot but for some reason or other we didn’t do enough to seal the preferred option.

  8. Ackshay says:

    Xhaka has not been bad as before since emery came and even played very good against Park rhe bus team. But I still see him dwell on the ball too much which is suicide vs pressing teams, he is better yet still lack the speed of thought to release the ball quickly.
    I still think we should go for a torreira Ramsey duo untill Niles is fit. Their heavy pressing can suffocate and win the midfield battle. Win the ball amd and direct attacking is our style.

  9. Declan says:

    He’s fit, ripped and toned and gym work won’t make him any taller, he’s great as he is. OT, but just seen Nelson’s goal from last night in the England win against Scotland, what a fantastic free kick!

  10. waal2waal says:

    as it stands we are in a good position – torriera’s fitness and development is going to be a decisive factor in where we finish. Additionally the replacement (if any) for ramsey will also be a factor in how relentless our top table challenge will be along with ozil deciding to pull his finger out (asap).

    we can safely assume the others will be adding available quality so it stands to reason we must be seen doing the same – starting with activity in our winter transfer window. i hope cech is cast as our #2 so as leno firmly establishes himself as arsenal’s #1 keeper. Finally, if we can avoid “L”s against leicester and lfc then there’s no reason why we should not ‘dare to dream’.

  11. Pires says:

    we had good defensive midfielders in Song and Coquelin, but Torreira is the real deal.

  12. georgie b says:

    Torreira seems to fall victim to many dodgy tackles intended or not.

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