Gritty Lu­cas Tor­reira brings added steel to Arse­nal

The Borneo Post - - SPORTS -

LON­DON: Lu­cas Tor­reira has been at Arse­nal just a mat­ter of months but the tough-tack­ling mid­fielder al­ready looks like the kind of player the club has been miss­ing for years.

The Uruguay in­ter­na­tional will make only his sev­enth Pre­mier League start when Wolves visit the Emi­rates Sta­dium on Sun­day, yet his im­por­tance to Unai Emery’s rapidly im­prov­ing team is clear.

Op­er­at­ing in cen­tral mid­field, Tor­reira has of­fered a com­bat­ive pres­ence, pro­vid­ing his back four with pro­tec­tion while his use of the ball has been sim­i­larly im­pres­sive.

Other play­ers in Emery’s line-up may have pro­vided more spec­tac­u­lar mo­ments dur­ing the Gun­ners’ 15-game un­beaten run.How­ever, it is the con­tri­bu­tion of Tor­reira and Granit Xhaka, trans­formed from the in­con­sis­tent player of re­cent sea­sons, that have given rea­son to be­lieve this Arse­nal side has the steel to sus­tain their early charge.

The pair have in­stilled a bal­ance in the team that was lack­ing for long pe­ri­ods dur­ing the fi­nal years of Arsene Wenger’s reign.

Hav­ing built his early suc­cess in north Lon­don around a mid­field led by Pa­trick Vieira, Wenger’s fail­ure to re­solve the ap­par­ent frail­ties of his later sides was at times baf­fling. — AFP

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