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.”