According to Radio Crc (via Football Italia), Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira is due to have a medical with Arsenal after the World Cup.
Torreira impressed at the based of the Samp’ midfield last season and has continued his good form into the World Cup in Russia. By the time the knockout phase came around, Torriera had forced himself into Uruguay’s starting XI against Portugal after an excellent display against the hosts.
There will be plenty of Gunners fans out there desperately hoping that Torreira can add the defensive steel that has been missing from their midfield since, many would say, the days of Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira.
Perhaps Torreira is the long sought-after solution to this riddle, but this certainly isn’t the first time Arsenal have hazarded a go at solving the problem.
Alex Song was the lynchpin of the Arsenal midfield for four seasons between 2008 and 2012, having first arrived at the club in 2005.
Despite his near-ubiquitous presence in the side throughout that period, Song never fully convinced as a top level holding midfielder.
After a fairly bizarre move to Barcelona, where he failed to establish himself, he returned to British shores with West Ham.
Denilson played alongside, or competed for a place with, Alex Song in the Arsenal midfield between 2006 and 2011.
However, the Brazilian got less game time than his Cameroonian teammate.
Denilson lacked the vision and passing range boasted by Song, though both lacked the defensive discipline to become the solution to Arsenal’s problem.
Perhaps About Diaby could have been one of the great Arsenal midfielders, had injuries not ravaged his career in red and white so cruelly.
At times when fit, Diaby’s talent was evident and he looked to have all the makings of a world class midfield operator.
Over the course of 10 seasons with Arsenal though, Diaby was scarcely fit long enough to make the position his own. He departed the club in 2015 having only managed 22 appearances in the past four seasons.