Arteta praises South American duo

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Mikel Arteta was very pleased with Lucas Torreira’s contribution to the win against Wolves on Saturday and says it’s a testament to the player’s commitment that he was able to deliver on the pitch after a long injury.

Having spent the whole lockdown period recovering from the ankle fracture he picked up against Portsmouth in March, the midfielder was visibly buoyed by the chance to play again when he featured for the final seven minutes of the 2-0 win against Wolves on Saturday.

“It’s been really tough for Lucas in the last few months,” said Arteta before Tuesday’s clash with Leicester.

“He had a really difficult injury, the lockdown was here, he travelled away but since he came here, you look at him, the way he trains every day.

“I knew against Wolves, I can throw him in for 10, 15, 20 minutes, he’s going to give you absolutely everything.

“For a player who has been out for such a long time to make the impact that he made, that’s a credit to him.”

In the absence of Matteo Guendouzi, who continues to be disciplined, Torreira will now go head-to-head with Dani Ceballos for a starting berth alongside Granit Xhaka in the final weeks of the season. Given his high energy game, he should be good fit.

Torreira wasn’t the only South American to earn praise from the boss. Back-up goalkeeper Emi Martinez has excelled since coming in for Bernd Leno. While he might have done better for Neal Maupay’s winner at Brighton, he’s gone on to keep three clean sheets in four wins and shown solid handling skills, fast distribution and decent feet.

Having been at the club for the best part of a decade, he’s taken his long-awaited opportunity for a run of first team games with both gloved hands.

“That’s what he’s been trying to do for a long period now at the club,” said Arteta.

“As I said before, his preparation and his attitude has always been spot on. He’s been very respectful and very patient and now that he has the opportunity, he is grabbing it.

“At this level it’s not about two, three, eight or 10 games. It’s about the consistency over a lot of games and that’s what he needs to prove now.”

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gooner

Now let’s beat the foxes and enjoy the rest of the week

Goo-nerd

Hunting wolves, now foxes – hoping for a proper chicken dinner on Sunday

C.B.

Let’s hope the COCKerelS get shafted.

Joseph DuCheen

Love this!

1800Nketiah

A win today can see us close down on the United and Wolves. After the tough loss to the spuds yesterday I can easily see Wovles dropping points to Everton and with Villa fighting for their lives they’ll give it all against United.

Snagger

Tally ho, release the hounds we are fox hunting tonight.

Tannis Barkgemp

Might be difficult to hunt foxes with cannons…

bobbo

Not if you have (cannon) balls

I miss Bergkamp

A bit overkill perhaps

Chrispy

Has Torreira gone full Paul Scoles with that hair, thats the real story here.

Ozillator

Please don’t mention that clown here

Dave

Remember when we played him as a number 10?

Devlin

Emi is good enough to hold onto his position as our first choice. He has been very patient, while working incredibly hard. His performances are not a surprise if you paid attention to him and as long as he can show the ability to stay focused throughout the game, there is nothing that he cant do.

Chimaijem

Torriera is good ..love him

Ozenal

Shot across the Ozil bow.

Strong statements on behaviour in the squad.

Papa

We need to pray for no more injuries and also for quick recoveries..