Unai Emery praised Lucas Torreira technical quality and in-game tactical acumen after the Uruguayan scored his second goal of the week to seal a hard-fought 1-0 win against Huddersfield.
On a largely frustrating afternoon for the Gunners, the Uruguayan popped up in the box on 83 minutes to net a terrific overhead kick from close range to break the Terriers’ resistance.
Having also netted against Sp*rs on Sunday, the 22-year-old has enjoyed a fine week and was rightly the focus of attention in the boss’ post-game press conference.
“Last week he scored and today he scored again. He has quality and his interpretation of the pitch tactically, and his perception in attacking moments and defensive moments.
“He’s very fast in his mind and his feet too. He can do very good work in defensive moments and, like today and last week, he can also get into the box and score like today.”
Very happy for this essential victory and for my second goal. Thanks to the fans for the great support. Let’s keep be focused.
Muy feliz por esta gran victoria y por mi segundo gol.
Gracias a los hinchas por el apoyo de siempre. Seguimos concentrados. #ComeOnGunners🔴#LT11 pic.twitter.com/oIuIMXz638
— Lucas Torreira 34 (@LTorreira34) December 8, 2018
When Torreira signed for the Gunners from Sampdoria in the summer, it was suggested he might need time to settle in England before showing his true worth. While he was initially eased into first team action, he’s since become a lynchpin in midfield.
Asked whether the midfielder had exceeded expectations, Emery replied: “We want to break every expectation with all players.
“He’s improving and working hard every day with a very big commitment, very good behaviour.
“He also has the commitment every day to learn English. I meet him every day in the dressing room and the first thing I notice is his commitment, his behaviour, and then he has quality and personality too.”
At the end of a gruelling week, Lucas definitely deserves our once-in-a-lifetime Balloon d’Or award.