Arsenal’s resurgence under Unai Emery continued on Sunday afternoon as the Gunners recorded an emphatic 5-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The decision to replace Arsene Wenger with Unai Emery in the summer was one which provoked plenty of scepticism among the Arsenal fans, but he’s silenced his doubters in recent weeks with a run of 9 straight victories in all-competitions.
It’s important that the club remain grounded as they lost their opening two fixtures against top-four rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, and their victories have come against sides who you would typically expect Arsenal to get the better of.
But take nothing away from what Emery has achieved – the Premier League is unforgiving and every fixture represents a genuine challenge.
One of the most promising aspects about Arsenal’s opening to the season has been the performances of a handful of summer signings, particularly those of Lucas Torreira.
The Uruguay international has rapidly become a popular figure at the Emirates stadium for the solidity and forward-thinking dynamism he has installed into the midfield, and his performance against the Cottagers earned him praise from BBC’s Garth Crooks.
Torreira was selected in Crooks’ team of the week following another intelligent display alongside Granit Xhaka. This is what Crooks had to say about his impact on Sunday: ‘He might have been the smallest man on the field but that didn’t stop the Uruguay international from being the most dynamic individual against Fulham. Torreira is having a massive impact on the Arsenal team and an even bigger one on Arsenal fans. They love him.’
It was only the third time that Emery has opted to start Torreira in the Premier League this season but the composure he demonstrated in possession exuded a level of confidence which you would not typically associate with a player of his limited Premier League experience.
At £26 million Torreira is already beginning to look like a steal for Arsenal. Who knows, Emery might have finally solved Arsenal’s central midfield problem which has plagued the club in recent years.
And with Aaron Ramsey seemingly destined to depart the club at the end of the season, Torreira’s arrival has come at a convenient time.
He does not represent a like-for-like replacement for Ramsey, far from it in fact, but he brings a quality to the midfield which the Arsenal supporters are already convinced by and, at just 22-years-of-age, the stage is set for Torreira to establish himself as a midfield lynchpin in north London.
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