Arsenal boss Emery ready to play Torreira in attacking role after brilliant return in Europa League win over Frankfurt
Sept. 20, 2019
UNAI EMERY has hinted that Arsenal ace Lucas Torreira could be used in a more advanced role following his display against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.
The 23-year-old - who has often been deployed as a defensive midfielder following his switch from Sampdoria last year - impressed in the 3-0 win in Germany on Thursday.
It was just the second time Torreira has been named in the starting XI this season as he helped his team going forward, as well as making crucial interceptions in his own penalty box.
Playing alongside Granit Xhaka and Joe Willock in the middle of the park, the Uruguayan international made a number of late runs into the box throughout the game.
And he should have broken the deadlock early on at the Commerzbank-Arena as he got on the end of Bukayo Saka's cross, only to blaze over his half-volley at the back post.
His eagerness to get into the box almost resulted in an injury as he hopped over Kevin Trapp as he attempted to latch onto a through ball, before awkwardly landing on his ankle.
Speaking of his performance after the clash, Emery said: "Tonight he played very well and this season it’s the first match that he was feeling physically very good in.
"He was able to go from box to box and I want to use his quality."
The Spaniard then suggested that he could start Torreira in a more attacking role after highlighting his energy in the final third of the pitch.
Emery added: "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. He did that tonight.
"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. He did that tonight."
Torreira will be hoping to keep his place in the side when the Gunners face Aston Villa at the Emirates on Sunday, with the club looking to win their first Premier League game in four matches.
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