Torreira debut in focus: how did he do?
- Sky Sports' Lewis Jones assesses Lucas Torreira's performance against Lazio
"Despite his small frame - Torreira stands at only 5ft 6in - he showed in the summer in Russia for Uruguay that he possesses the ability to have a big influence from central midfield. His aggression and tenacious nature is likely to bring something different to an Arsenal engine room that has been accused of lacking bite for many, many years."
No link-up with Xhaka so far"Here, against familiar opposition from his Sampdoria days, Torreira was asked to play the first-half in a midfield two of a 4-4-2, alongside Granit Xhaka. On paper, it looked a duo with a potential nice balance to it - one left footer, one right footer - but it never really hit the creative levels probably expected by their manager.
"Torreira picked up a lot of possession very deep and moved the ball quickly but without really troubling the opposition. His game looked to be more in the style of a N'Golo Kante than Andrea Pirlo with his most important work coming off the ball when Arsenal are chasing possession back. They dominated the ball against Lazio, which meant Torreira's workload was minimal."
Second-half change benefits Torreira"Unai Emery switched to a three-man midfield after the break when bringing on the exciting Matteo Guendouzi, who played in front of the back four while Torreira moved more to the right of the midfield three. In truth, Guendouzi looked like a man keen to impress with some driving runs from deep while Torreira seemed to be playing with the handbrake on. However, he did fly into a few brave aerial challenges which would have pleased those who have been craving some beef in the Arsenal midfield.
Great to see Torreira but he’s clearly got a way to go to be match fit, is starting him against City too much of a gamble? Especially for his first game in a new league.— Next Generation AFC?⚪️ (@scoutingindoors) August 4, 2018
"If Emery starts him against Manchester City next Sunday, then he should be seen to better effect."
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