Torreira: I told Robert Pires I’d go topless

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Lucas Torreira told Robert Pires that if he scored in the North London derby, he’d take his shirt off in celebration.

The Uruguayan got his first Arsenal goal in the 4-2 win, scoring just 2 minutes after Alexandre Lacazette had put the Gunners ahead in the second half.

As promised, he whipped off his top and was duly booked but we’re almost certain he couldn’t care one bit about that as the 22 year loved his contribution to a famous victory in his first derby.

|During the week we had been talking a lot, during the training sessions,” he said, “and I told Robert Pires that if I scored a goal I would take the shirt off.

“Surely he will remember it, because one of the days during the week I told him that. And well, when I scored a lot of things passed through my head.

“A lot of happiness. So much sacrifice, so much work. And it’s good that all of this was reflected in the pitch.”

He also paid tribute to the supporters with whom he is becoming a firm favourite with his high quality midfield displays.

“Arsenal is a great club, with great fans,” he said.

“The matches are always packed, with fantastic atmosphere. The fans have dedicated a song for me and it’s incredible, because I am only here for a little while and they already have such an affection for me.”

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Mulan
Mulan

He also said he tries to “give his life for the shirt”

Think I’ve got a new favourite!

Gunnerer
Gunnerer

Shirt before Self

Adriano
Adriano

Just love this fella, we are blessed to have him

laudgunner
laudgunner

Ermmm, keep it on next time.. Yellow cards just cost us Xhaka

Magneto
Magneto

I hear what you are saying.

But it would be much better if the football powers that be simply got rid of the stupid rule that players removing a shirt whilst celebrating a goal automatically get a booking.

Gooneron
Gooneron

Score against the Sp*rs you can even remove the shorts for all I care

Boberton
Boberton

a few years back, a guy at my amateur club scored, and for his celebration, dropped his shorts and yelled ‘you can’t book me for taking my pants off!’

arsepedant
arsepedant

I would imagine he got booked anyway.

Runzac
Runzac

We´ve been lacking passion – thus the empty seats at Emirates last season. And now we got passion and attitude and you´re not happy…

goonero
goonero

I read somewhere that Pires was asked to stop joining in training sessions and was rather sad, glad that doesn’t seem to have been true!

Pedant
Pedant

‘I told Robert Pires that if I scored a goal I would take the shirt off.’

I think Arseblog has a rival, given his love for Pires. He’ll have to think what he can do to appeal to Robert.

Gooner Mad
Gooner Mad

he comes from Uruguay, hes only 5 foot high…

Gooneron
Gooneron

“Anything that moves tends to get tackled by Torreira”

Jon Champion, 2018

David C
David C

EPL signing of the year! Let’s smoke United on Wed!!!

Bacary Lasagne
Bacary Lasagne

How can you not love this bloke?

Rich
Rich

We’ve really got to look after this lad, at only 22 he’s got such a high ceiling, but the way he plays we can’t expect him to put in 50+ performances a season.
Sven Mislintat has played a blinder picking up Terreira+Guendouzi for £33,000,000, there was a time when I trusted Arsene implicitly in the transfer market, but that faith completely diminished in the second half of his time here, but since Sven came in, our transfer business has been much better.
Sokratis for £16 Mill was a great bit of business, if only Kroenke would speculate a little to accumulate.

A Different George
A Different George

So, I was one of those urging caution about over-hyping Torreira when he first played. He’s gotten better. And better. And still better. He was great against Bournmouth. He was great yesterday. I think maybe he is great.

myrtle
myrtle
myrtle
myrtle
myrtle
myrtle
myrtle
myrtle

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Get 2 d Choppa
Get 2 d Choppa

Auba’s underwear 🙈🙈😂😂

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner
Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

The DM position (with an actual DM with actual DM traits) is my favorite position in modern football. I knew that LT was going to be my new Arsenal favorite even before he started for us…

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

This guy is a legend in the making.
I still do not understand why AW did not find a midfield pairing to replace PV and EP after they left the club. It was the beginning of his demise and the baron years. It looks very much like Torreria and Xhaka just might become something similar and what we have been crying out for.

Santori
Santori

Torreira was fantastic.

BUT I think it would be extremely churlish to think its just him.

We were good yesterday because the team worked hard together.

AND midfield is not just Torreira.

Granit has also exponentially improved this season.

He wore the captain’s armband yesterday and led the team in a mature performance. He sets the tempo from deep and switches our point of attack very quickly.

Also worth mentioning Holding (even if he slid in on Son) made some very good cross field balls to find Bellerin who controlled them very well for us. Spurts were chasing shadows with our passing.

AND Mustafi. If you’re not paying attention, you would continue to be confused as to why the gaffer starts him. Some superb balls from deep to release our forwards which is why the ball tends to be played to him at the back.

The way we can switch play quickly from side to side or back to front makes us very lethal and with the team now able to hunt better in packs, we put the defnses under duress much more quicker.

Spurts could barely get out of their half. BUT unless you are a pundit with cheap opinions (Ala Danny Murphy, Stewart Robson, Jenas, Shearer or Owen…for that matter Merson), you’d realise this is not a one off.

We were equally lethal against Liverpuddle the difference was we still had some self doubt when we played them where we really grab the chicken by the neck against the Great pretenders.

Santori
Santori

I wish the wee man painted “Mike Dean is a C#@t” on his chest at half time.

Santori
Santori

We need one more option in central midfield besides Granit, Torreira and Gouendouzi.

Maybe Willock but Elneny is average. AMN’s final position still undecided, likely auditioning for one of the fullback roles.

What we lack is a box to box player with height and power.

Come summer, we should seriously consider options in market if we want to seriously rotate and press on 4 fronts following season.

xxxrob
xxxrob

I wouldn’t say no to a bit of Doucoure from Watford.

baz00r
baz00r

Definitely going to get next years jersey with Torreira on the back. Hoping next years Adidas jersey is a banger.