Maybe it’s good for Torreira to be introduced to the Arsenal team slowly?

Arsenal’s newest and probably most important signing this summer is the Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira who arrived from Sampdoria. It has been a massive summer for the 22 year-old with the move to Arsenal after a month with his country at the World Cup. Then after the first month in the Premier League he has gone off on international duty once again

“This is all new, the league is very different from the Italian”.

“It’s a pride to be the first Uruguayan in Arsenal”.

“I always dreamed of playing in a club like that and I’m living it at 22 years old. Sometimes I find it hard to stop in time and see where I am.”

Well he is obviously happy to be here but it sounds like he is a bit overawed by how fast things are moving. Maybe it is sensible for Emery to gently ease the youngster into the team in stages. It is a big leap from playing for Sampdoria to the very physically demanding Premier League, as well as moving to a new City and learning the language, all in one go!

Maybe we should give him a little more time?



  1. Yossarian says:

    No doubt all those things are a huge challenge for the young man, but he looks the business when he gets on pitch, so I don’t understand why he’s not getting more game-time. He looks like a very muscular and fit individual too, so I can’t see the physical nature of the Premier League being a problem for him.

    Maybe there have been good reasons for restricting his on-pitch time so far, but hopefully we’ll see much more of him in the very near future, because he certainly looks like the player we’ve been desperately needing since the departure of guys like Patrick Viera and Gilberto Silva.

  2. barryglik says:

    Yes he needs more time.
    However he is not
    that inexperienced.
    After all he did move from Uruguay to Italy when he was just 17.
    He played for Pescara in Serie B for 3 seasons
    the first year for the youth team.
    Only after 3 years then did he play for the Sampdorian Serie A side.
    So 5 years in Europe means he is not a kid away from home for the first time.
    And he has played in a world cup already.
    But another country another league another language.
    All players need different times to adapt.
    Guendouzi for example at just 19 went straight into the starting X1
    but he might get burnt out early who knows.
    There is no rush as we are only 4 games in
    to a potential 60 match season plus Internationals.
    Take as much time as he likes .
    The Europa and Carabao cup games will be ideal
    for he Leno + Lichsteiner to be eased into the system.

    1. Phil says:

      perfectly written and precise.This is a long long season that’s only just started.There is plenty to get excited about with both players but I agree with Barry.Torreira will be eased into the side and when he is in he will be there for good.Guendouzi will be burnt out by. Mad if he starts every game so it’s important he is looked after.
      AMN is reportedly healing quicker than thought (if believe the press) and I can see these three rotating to keep them fresh and fit which is what we need from our young players.

  3. Sue says:

    I’m a little disappointed that he hasn’t started for us yet. We’ve been crying out for someone like him for years!
    Yes I know it’s a new league, new country etc for him, but he’s shown in his cameos that he’s more than up for it! He even assisted our winner v Cardiff!
    Please Unai get him in the team!!

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      want him to start?

      become arsenal manager or start protesting..

      1. Sue says:

        Well who doesn’t want him to start????

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          John Ibrahim, Sue was just making a perfectly good post of hoping like most of us that Torriera will start, I don’t think she intends to be the next Arsenal manager or has any desire to be, and I don’t think she intends to protest Unai’s decision. So why the stupid little dig at her comments? To be honest John, I much prefer reading Sue’s posts to yours that are usually irrelevant and of no interest whatsoever.

  4. When you are good they introduce you slowly but when you are crap you play week in week out lol

  5. mobella says:

    I’m not too bother whether he starts from the line up or from the bench. What matter most to me is i get to see him play because i enjoyed every minute he had play as a substitute.

  6. Durand says:

    Maybe it’s a communication issue, maybe he wants to see more offensive quality, not sure really. I think “fitness” was a reason Emery gave, but I could be wrong.

    Torreria definitely an exciting player who’s impacted the game with every appearance. Very glad he wears our jersey and look forward to seeing him for years to come.

  7. gotanidea says:

    I think Emery would not take the risk of starting him ahead of Xhaka in a tough away match, like the next Newcastle game

    Probably he would get his chance in the home game against Vorksla?

  8. Cliff says:

    If we are talking about defensive midfielder,then it is obvious Torreira is better than both Xhaka and Guendouzi.Therefore he should be the first name on the team sheet for premier league matches alongside either of the two unless Unai has misplaced priorities.

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