Arsenal manager Unai Emery hints at new Lucas Torreira role

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery hints at new Lucas Torreira role James GrayFriday 20 Sep 2019 10:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link329Shares Advertisement Lucas Torreira impressed on his return to Arsenal’s starting line-up (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery hinted he is ready to deploy Lucas Torreira more regularly – and also in a more attacking role – after he impressed on his return to the starting line-up last night.Arsenal started their Europa League campaign with a convincing 3-0 away victory at Eintracht Frankfurt thanks to goals from Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Torreira was named in Emery’s starting line-up for only the second time this season and made it through 90 minutes for the very first time, with Emery quick to praise his impact on the team.‘Tonight he played very well and this season it’s the first match that he was feeling physically very good in,’ Emery said.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He was able to go from box to box and I want to use his quality.’The Spanish manager even suggested he might use Torreira, more often a defensive midfielder, as someone who could start to create goals for the Gunners.‘His qualities are that he can give us good pressing, and he can win the ball high up the pitch to give us the possession to score,’ Emery added.‘He did that tonight. After, we need someone with the ball and in his position, he can help us with the build-up.’Arsenal will now hope that an impressive performance on the road in the Europa League can translate into better league form when they return to domestic duties on Sunday against Aston Villa.Emery’s side have failed to win on their last three outings in the Premier League and have conceded seven times, most recently giving up a 2-0 lead against Watford at Vicarage Road.And while Torreira is being eyed for a more advanced role, the Gunners may call upon the likes of Mesut Ozil to return to the starting line-up after he was left out during the week.‘We are playing now a lot of matches,’ Emery added.‘I want to use different players and also can have some rotation in the first XI and in the 19 players in the squad.‘Sokratis and Mesut they rest this match. I prefer [Ozil] to rest [after Watford] and train and to be ready for [Aston Villa].’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Commentlast_img

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