There is much being made of Arsenal’s new 19 year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi keeping Lucas Torreira on the bench for our opening four games, despite the Uruguayan being our most expensive acquisition this summer. Guendouzi himself believes that he is getting the nod because of his consistency in pre-season while Lucas was recovering from the World Cup. Guendouzi said: “I had a good pre-season, I was illustrated during the preparation matches in Singapore.
“I think it weighed in the balance and it gave me the opportunity to start the league games.
“I knew how to answer this. It’s up to me to keep working so that the team can win as many games as possible.
“In any case, at Arsenal, I have everything to progress. And we have everything to make a great season.”
What I don’t understand is the reason we can’t play BOTH of them from the start. Torreira is yet to play 90 minutes this season and again only played half of Uruguay’s friendly against Mexico at the weekend. we were worried he was injured but his manager reassured us. Fabian Coito said: ‘I took Torreira out as a precaution.’ before adding that the midfielder had complained that his calf had felt a bit tight during the first half.
He has obviously recovered now according to the training pics seen yesterday, so why can’t we see both Matteo and Lucas start together on Saturday and see if we can help our leaky defence?