Profit Players: Lucas Torreira

Profit Players: Lucas Torreira

Arsenal supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 19 games with victory in the North London derby.

Unai Emery’s men went into their encounter with bitter rivals Tottenham having not tasted defeat since their 3-2 reverse at Chelsea back in August, with eight wins and three draws following in the Premier League, as well as routine progress in the Europa League and indeed the Carabao Cup. And the Gunners kept their excellent form going in beating Mauricio Pochettino’s side 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium, with a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well as strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira inspiring the hosts to a deserved three points.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Gunners fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been heaping praise on the exploits of midfielder Torreira, who was once again outstanding in the middle of the park against Spurs on Sunday.

The Uruguayan made the move to North London during the summer with Emery pulling off a £27 million deal (as per Transfermarkt) for the 22-year-old, which is a masterstroke that is very much proving to be one of the best Arsenal signings in many a year.

Ultimately, it has been well documented for a number of years that the Gunners were in need of a defensive midfielder of Torreira’s ilk in the middle of the park, with many criticising former boss Arsene Wenger for struggling to recognise that, and then bringing in players that didn’t necessarily produce the goods.

The likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny are two of the most recent arrivals to combat that problem, and while the former has been a regular, neither have shown the level of quality needed to be that combative, industrious central midfielder Arsenal really need – Torreira certainly is though.

The 22-year-old may have only been at the club a matter of months, but he is already endearing himself to the Gunners faithful having produced a number of excellent displays, with the Uruguayan again magnificent at the weekend in helping Arsenal win the midfield battle against Pochettino’s Tottenham.

Yes, he may not have been a regular under Emery in the first few weeks of the season, but with Sunday his ninth successive Premier League start for the club, it’s clear that he has firmly got to grips with English football – and he certainly looks at home in the Premier League.

Ultimately, it has taken Emery a matter of months to help solve a key Arsenal problem that Wenger failed to do in several years – yes, £27 million on 22-year-old Torreira was something of a gamble, but anyone who watched him at this summer’s World Cup was well aware of his capabilities.

And Emery has been rewarded for his bold move, with his coup proving to be one of the best Arsenal signings in many a year.

Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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