Arsenal defeated Newcastle United at St. James Park at the weekend to extend their win streak in the Premier League to three.
Unai Emery named an unchanged side again to face the Magpies but failed to break the deadlock during the first-half. Shortly after the interval, the Gunners finally took the lead through Granit Xhaka before Mesut Ozil doubled their advantage to render Ciaran Clark’s late goal useless. Attention will now turn to Europe with Arsenal beginning their Europa League campaign against Vorskla on Thursday.
While the Gunners may have scooped three points against the Magpies, Emery cannot continue to persist with his starting eleven. Despite his impressive start to life in England, Matteo Guendouzi was unable to dictate the tempo of the game in the engine room and help get attacks started. It was only when £27m summer signing Lucas Torreira was introduced that Arsenal really took control of proceedings.
The Uruguay international was seen as the midfielder that Arsenal have been crying out for after swapping Italy for North London in the summer. However, Torreira is yet to start a Premier League game this season. His showing against the Magpies must show Emery that he needs to be a mainstay in the starting XI.
His introduction allowed Arsenal to control the pace of the game and cut out the needless errors that have thwarted their attacking moves. His impact was instant with Torreira finding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was fouled for the free-kick that was converted by Xhaka.
Resting the 22-year-old for the Europa League clash makes sense but he must be the first name on the team sheet against Everton at the weekend.
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