So far, one of the best things about Unai Emery’s time at Arsenal has been how well he’s read the game and made changes accordingly. Unlike under Arsene Wenger, no one is safe under Emery and if someone isn’t pulling their weight, the Spaniard isn’t afraid to hook them. However, when he substituted Lucas Torreira with ten minutes to play yesterday the fans couldn’t work out why.
Why take Torreira off?
— LTArsenal (@ltarsenal) 25 November 2018
Torreira is the signing that a lot of Arsenal fans have been waiting for for a very long time. The Uruguayan midfielder stands at just five foot six inches tall, but don’t let that fool you. The ex-Sampdoria man is a terrier in midfield and has bag loads of ability and aggression to burn when he pulls on an Arsenal shirt. So far the Gunners have no complaints of their new man and they were all frustrated when he was hooked for Matteo Guendouzi yesterday.
For 79 minutes, Torreira had been the glue that was sticking the Arsenal side together, helping out defensively and starting attacks off with his crisp passing and quick turnover after winning the ball back. It seems pretty that Emery’s side defends a whole lot better when Torreira is on the pitch and when they were dug in protecting a one-goal lead yesterday it seemed like a really strange decision to bring him off. Although with one eye on Tottenham next Sunday, you can see where the Spaniard was looking.
You can see what The Gunners made of Emery’s Torreira sub here:
Xhaka needs to come off. 4 yellow cards. Can't afford to loose him for next week.
— Dan Bell (@MotorMan213) November 25, 2018
If this game ends in a draw please blame Unai. Iwobi comes off and Mkhi is still on the pitch.
— Sean Joddy (@seanjoddy) November 25, 2018
Exactly. Why not mhiki who has been woeful
— DJL (@wavemachine2) November 25, 2018
Very strange decision
— phil fox (@pfoxey) November 25, 2018
Yeah wtf !
— Ashwin (@Football_Priest) November 25, 2018
What the hell is Unai doing???
— Sir Nelson Charles (@LordNelson92) 25 November 2018
Except he has a knock otherwise the worst decision of his era
— jjkmiles ‘’DR’’ (@TheRealJjkmiles) November 25, 2018
Arsenal fans on Twitter were all in agreement that Torreira should have seen out the 90 minutes, and they’ll just be pleased that the substitution didn’t turn three points into one.