Transfer battle: Arsenal bought well but have Chelsea signed the best holding midfielder?

It was a tale of two transfers markets for Chelsea and Arsenal this past summer. 

The Gunners completed their business early in the window and gave Emery as much time as possible to work with his squad.

Chelsea, on the other hand, had to sort out their managerial situation before they could go ahead with their business and made late moves for Kovacic and Kepa.

Two transfers which are worth comparing from both clubs are the deals for Lucas Torreira and Jorginho.

Lucas Torreira

A player that stood out at the World Cup, Arsenal sealed the £26 million transfer Torreira in order to finally address their failing in midfield.

For years the Gunners have constantly disregarded the need to fill the void left by Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira.

Most recently, the Gunners tried to fill that hole with the signing of Granit Xhaka but the Swiss international has been a flop so far. While Torreira may not have the physical stature of Vieira, Gilberto Silva or even Xhaka, the diminutive Uruguayan has the mobility and defensive awareness to make up for it.

In Emery’s high press, the Spaniard needs midfielders who can push up but also shield the back four, and Torreira is more than capable of doing that. Furthermore, considering today’s inflated market, to get the 22-year-old for £25 million could be an absolute bargain for the Gunners.

Arsenal have been crying out for a Kante type player who can play forward with pace, Lucas Torreira is that.

TT grade: B+


One of the stars of Sarri’s Napoli side, Jorginho moved to Chelsea for a £51m, fee six million more than his Transfermarkt valuation.

The going rate for a talented midfielder nowadays, Chelsea seem to have got this transfer pretty spot on.

With Sarri implementing his 4-3-3, the Italian manager needed a player who could be his general on the pitch to help the team adjust to his way of playing and the Italian international will do just that.

With the Italian running the midfield, Barkley, Kovacic and Kante can use their energy to help press forward.

Although he never won anything during his time in Italy, Jorginho was widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the league and Europe. Such were his performances last season that he had attracted interested from Man City, instead opting to join up with his former coach Sarri in London.

Under Sarri’s tutelage, Jorginho thrived and he will likely do it again, as long as the club gives both him and his manager time.

Moreover, with the likes of Hazard, Willian and Kante around him, Chelsea could be set for an exciting season.

TT grade: A-

TT Verdict:

Both players will have an instant impact on their respective clubs. With Jorginho starting straight away and having some experience of how Sarri likes to play, he’ll have an instant impact on the team. His passing is superb and his football intelligence is something the Chelsea faithful are going to enjoy watching this year.

It’ll take Torreira time to bed into a squad that is going through a tough and painful evolution so far. While he should eventually be the starter for Emery due to his all-round quality, Xhaka will probably maintain his place in the side.

Torreira is a great player but due to Jorginho’s instant effect on the Chelsea side which has already seen him become Chelsea’s midfield general, the Italian wins this one.

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