Emery not considering Torreira suspension ahead of Brighton

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Unai Emery has made it clear that he’ll pick the strongest team available to him for today’s Premier League trip to Brighton, and won’t consider the possibility of resting Lucas Torreira who is on a suspension tightrope having picked up four bookings already this season.

Another one today would see him miss Liverpool game at Anfield as five yellow cards means a mandatory one game ban.

However, the boss is prioritising three points against the Seagulls today, and having Torreira in midfield is part of our best team.

Asked about the possibility of resting the 22 year old, the Spaniard said, “In my career, I never made these decisions.

“We are going to play the next match in Brighton and we are going to play full – not with considered options or playing with more caution.

“The same three points are in Brighton that are in Liverpool and we are going to play first in Brighton. It’s a tough match and we will need every player with 100% focus to do everything on the pitch to win.

“I don’t know whether Torreira would even be able to play cautiously but I don’t want him to think about the possibility of a suspension for one yellow card.”

There’s logic to his approach of course, as Arsenal are still short of defensive options and may have to use Granit Xhaka in a back three, but it’s a tough situation for Emery who can’t be blind to the blow it would be to go to Anfield without Torreira.

The old adage about the next game being the most important is clearly in play here, so let’s keep fingers crossed for three points and no booking for Lucas.

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Alex
Alex

Good. The worst case scenario isn’t that he’s suspended for Liverpool, it’s not getting 3 points today. Brighton are a tough side and you’ve got to pick your best players.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Maybe Emery is playing mind games with Brighton and will surprise them and us by not including torreira? I hope we have some defenders back for this game and even more so against liverdross!!!

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

Meaning that resting Torreira so that we can win Liverpool’s game??

Emery in Aubalaca wonderland
Emery in Aubalaca wonderland

He can sub him at half time if we are 3-0 up but we do not lead that much in the first half anymore.

89 was fine
89 was fine

Along with the 3pts please no more bloody injuries.

Ben
Ben

Can’t take any team lightly, especially after our last away shit show

Jim2wheels
Jim2wheels

I back the boss on this one – 3 points in the next match is priority. If we save Torreira and he gets booked against Liverpool, we could just as easily lose the following game without him. Let’s not be so arrogant to think we can pick and choose our games to prioritise in the league.

Richie

The days of one game at a time are gone, especially for the top 6 clubs, it’s a squad rotation game these days. Personally I would not risk Torreira. Play Xhaka with Guendouzi in the middle. Liverpool have Fabinho on four yellows, curious to see if klopp will risk him today.

Mpls
Mpls

3 league points is 3 league points, and that’s priority #1.

If we fuck around with Brighton and then lose another player to injury or suspension or have an off game against Liverpool we could miss out on 6 points when we should be focused on working for 3 at Brighton first.

Vescucci
Vescucci

Ahem, I could have sworn the article two days ago was basically the same thing as this one.

Oh, look at me complaining about content that I get completely free of charge 😀

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Yub, it’s the same article.
Content recycled, but not a problem really.

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

Yeah..so that all of us can have a new discussion thread. Same content yes, but u cannot paste your same comment again.

Dan
Dan

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Dan
Dan

Well according to premier league rules all yellow cards are rest on 31 december so if toreira can avoid a yellow card against brighton then he can affor one against Liverpool and still play fulham as the game will be on the 1st

Jim2wheels
Jim2wheels

I would have thought you can’t reset once 5 cards activated the automatic ban.

Bazza_wicks
Bazza_wicks

3 points always makes us happy maybe Liverpool away with our injuries is a game we would happily take a draw but a BIG ask

Rich
Rich

I’m not usually confident, but I think we’ll take 12/12 from our next 4 games, and I think we’ll sign a centre half and possibly a right sided attacker as wel in January

Inch
Inch

Whats a good pub to watch the game today? Its my first time in London and I dont want to get beaten up

Hantal
Hantal

We need him today to help guarantee 3 points

Mpls
Mpls

A bird in the hand (hopefully, with good effort)
Blah blah blah.

Gooners & Roses
Gooners & Roses

He clearly does not rate Elneny, which is a shame really. He could do a job against BHA with his typical performance. Not disrespecting BHA, but if we are hesitate to rotate – its speak volume about our club strength in general, also worth mentioning that Aubameyang is not getting rested yet after so many games.