Lucas Torreira is not happy; Emery should take note
If recent reports emanating from Lucas Torreira’s agent is anything to be taken seriously, then Arsenal need to find out how to make their star players happy or risk experiencing an exodus of their star players.
I don’t want to sound like a song on replay, but I can’t just help crying out that we are at risk of losing our star players, unless something is done to steer the club back to the road of success and maybe start playing our stars in their best positions. Some weeks ago, it was Granit Xhaka. Last week, it was Mr. Aubameyang and now, it is Lucas Torreira’s agent that has come forward. Who knows who else will come out to voice an opinion next week?
Speaking on the subject of his client, agent Raffaele Bentancur told Radio Marte (as quoted in the Mirror): “Anything is possible in football. Torreira is happy at Arsenal, although the change in role has not made him happy. It must be said that this year the whole team is not doing well. But I believe Arsenal wants to keep him.”
What a subtle way of saying “Buckle up or lose me”. No footballer likes being left out of the action on the football pitch, and Lucas coming out to complain is very normal. Player management is what is needed to keep players happy, while sitting on the bench during a game. Sadly, we have a coach who is bad at managing and motivating players and this is one of the reasons we have been playing badly lately.
Lucas Torreira, who was one of the players Emery bought when he was appointed Arsenal coach, has been reduced to just four Premier League starts this season after the manager’s decision to move him into a more advanced midfield role. This is not how to treat a player who is an international player and has played in the best football competitions in the world. He is a defensive midfield player and should be allowed to play in that role. Xhaka has no business playing the defensive midfield role, when we have Torreira. A good coach knows how to play his players according to their strengths, and I am wondering if Emery knows that.
What we need at this trying period is a united team and not a team with so many unhappy people. Personally, I feel Torreira has not been played to his potential yet at Arsenal. What do you think Gooners?