Emery: Torreira ready to start games

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Unai Emery says new signing Lucas Torreira is now ready to start matches in the Premier League following his late return to pre-season.

The Uruguayan, who spent the summer at the World Cup, enjoyed a tidy 20-minute cameo as a second half substitute against Manchester City and will no doubt be hoping he’s done enough to secure selection when the Gunners take on Chelsea tomorrow.

“Yes, he is okay every day and is training good,” Unai Emery told reporters on Thursday. 

“He is now with the team and knowing and learning English conversation with us and can understand all the things we want to do tactically on the pitch.

“He is okay, the first match against City he played 15 to 20 minutes and I think this is good, I want to continue with him improving and to be okay to play.”

The Gunners lined up last Sunday with Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka at the base of their midfield with Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan working the flanks and Aaron Ramsey asked to push up just behind lead striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

When Torreira came on for Xhaka he also held a deep role, although the manager thinks all his options in midfield, including Mohamed Elneny who did not feature, are versatile to play at least two positions each.

“We can speak about the No 6, the No 8 and the No 10 [roles],” said Emery about Torreira’s positioning.

“Torreira today is a six, eight. Normally every player has two positions – Torreira is six, eight. Maybe also Elneny is six and eight. Xhaka maybe also six, eight. Matteo [Guendouzi] maybe six, eight or eight, six.

“Maybe another player, a more attacking player like Aaron Ramsey, he is more of an eight, 10 – but this possibility to play with two or three midfielders, it depends on each match whether to change or not and the demand in each match.

“Whether we can do one midfielder more either more attacking or more defensive, it depends.”

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Pedant

Get him playing, we need him.

sambo

Take Xhaka OUT please lol.

Martin

Now we can play Xhaka in the position he plays successfully for Switzerland as a deep lying midfielder. He was not a natural DM.

Ya gooner

What has he actually done for Switzerland though, at the world cup apart from scoring a wonder goal the same lapses in concentration occured from him. Deep lying midfielders still need to know how to defend.

A Different George

He looked very good in many of Switzerland’s matches over the last several years (Euros and WC qualifying).

Martin

You obviously didn’t watch much if Switzerland’s matches. He was one of their best players as he has been for many years. You don’t win 66 caps if you are not a successful player

Ali

Oh can we please get over the position thing? He’s fucking awful attacking and horrendous defending, and has no qualities on the ball whatsoever. The only good thing he has is his shooting abilities

Martin

He must have some qualities on the ball. He had the most accurate forward passes in the Premier League last season

sambo

Switzerland is a level below is and what we compete against. He might look ”ok” in that team but in the Premier League where pace and power in midfield rule and slow players get the run about he is consistently late in vital moments. Sterlings first goal was his fault and countless others were. Torriera the man of the article at hand should be playing over him or do you think Xhaka has what it takes to keep up with Willian, Jorginho, Hazard and Kante? Pace kills and thats a fact, you can get buy on being quick but slow?… Read more »

Martin

Switzerland are ranked 8th in the world and were ranked 6th above England before the World Cup so why do you believe their standard is so low? Xhaka is was the best accurate forward passer in the Premiership last season playing a role which didn’t suit him. I am looking forward to seeing him play in his true position

locksley444

It’s because premier league teams do everything together way longer, which means Chelsea or city’s pressing is much more practiced and organized than say a Serbia or Sweden can manage. Xhaka finds it tough to deal with pressing, but you would trust a jorginho/de bruyne to deal with that kind of pressure. The top teams in the league all have better deep lying playmakers than Xhaka(Eg. Jorginho/De bruyne) or they have a box to box midfielder/ball winning mid who’s much more rounded than Xhaka playing next to a DM (Eg. Naby kieta, Herrera). They’re better either in possession due to… Read more »

Man Manny

All the best guy. Whet our appetite with a master class at the Bridge tomorrow.
They have Ngolo, we have Torreira.

ronald

Lucas Torreira is a poor mans Lucas Levia, why on earth have we spent near 30 million on him.

John

Torriera is actually the smartest business Arsenal has done in years.

1993

Who the hell is Lucas levia?

Paul

On 18 July 2017, Lucas completed a move to Serie A side Lazio for £5 million, ending his 10 year stay at Liverpool.

Blackjew

The dog I bought from Wal-Mart!

Homer

I see what you did there. Thats top level sarcasm… well done!

Jorin

Let me fix that for you.

“Lucas Levia is a poor man’s Lucas Torreira. I am so glad we spent near 30 million on him!”

Much better. And stop with the negativity already.

Obinna

We’re sorry he didn’t cost £70m mate!! Maybe then you can learn to appreciate him.

2003-04

Did you not watch the World Cup? This guy is exactly what the team needed.

Donald's Trump

Sounds like Emery is playing ‘Bruce’s Play Your Card’s Right’.

‘Higher than a 6?’

‘AN EIGHT!!! Higher or lower than an 8?’

Teakster

Let’s just hope we’re not all sixes and sevens this weekend….hey…*cough*…I’ll get my coat!

Mpls

Though we could use a good performance from Mkhi

Martin

He was excellent last season. Why is everybody making knee jerk reactions after one match?

Mpls

Nono, I like him. Doesn’t change that a good performance from him makes our game that much better and would be better for both his and the team’s mindset.

Public Elneny

Id love to know what the difference between a ‘six, eight’ and an ‘eight, six’ is.

Either way I don’t think any of our potential cm pairings make much sense without Torreira in them.

Unid

The way I understand it, 6 is the more defensive midfielder, 8 is the more box-to-box. A 6-8 is a primarily defensive/sitting midfielder who will sporadically attack, while the 8-6 is a primarily box-to-box midfielder who will sporadically take over the defensive/sitting role.

Bob

Primarily a six and with option to play as an eight too, and vice-versa, I would guess.

Anthony Hylton

Be interesting to see how many numbers Maitland – Niles has. I wish we could just play this young man in his best position and let him thrive instead of playing him to plug a gap in the team.

David Hillier's luggage

He’s more of a 2, 4, 6, 8, ain’t never too late.

Paul

Six holding, eight more attacking, 10 very attacking, I think?

Savage

It definitely has nothing to do with shirt numbers!

A Different George

It has to do with historical shirt numbers. The six was a midfielder; the eight was an inside forward.

Savage

You’re right. I’m making a joke based on the fact that modern shirt numbers veer so far away from those traditions.

Goonerrific

2?

Mpls

Fullback

Mpls

Or poop. Depends on context.

NigelTufnel

Maybe depends on the fullback

Rich

With everyone being fit?
I think this is our most balanced team

…………….Cech
……Mustafi Sokratis
Bellerin…………..Monreal
……Torreira Xhaka
…..Rambo Ozil Welbeck
…………. Aubameyang

nobbygooner

why was 6 scared of 7 because 7 8 9

santori

He should start.

He has an innate sense of where to cover.

We can either play him with Guendouzi (high energy) in a deep two or with Granit OR he can be deployed alone in a 4-1-3-2 with Ramsey further forward accompanying Ozil and either of Mhki, Iwobi or maybe even Nelson.

Bendtner’s Ego

What is this??

I’m used to having eight tens and zero sixes. Or is that eight eights and zero fives? Or two twos?

I’m all confused.