Thursday, 10 October 2019

Torreira prepared for Arsenal fight

Lucas Torreira claims to have no issue with the competition for places he faces at Arsenal, with it his intention to win that particular battle and prove his worth to Unai Emery.

The Uruguay international arrived at Emirates Stadium on the back of the 2018 World Cup.

His combative qualities quickly endeared him to the north London natives, with the 23-year-old considered to be a useful addition for the present and future.

However, he has been handed just two Premier League starts this season, with Emery seeing him as more of a squad player.

He has continued to figure on a regular basis, but his involvement has tended to come from off the bench.

Speaking to reporters while on international duty, he stated: “I don’t know whether I’d say it’s frustrating.

“All players want to play, they obviously want to be in the starting XI – that’s completely normal. But that’s not something that depends on me.

“It’s down to the coach to make those decisions and really I have to respect that. Right now it’s about not giving up.

“You have to continue working hard and whether I’m playing in the starting XI or from the bench I want to give my all for the team. That’s the kind of player I am.

“I like to give 100 per cent for the shirt to help my team-mates and to give the fans something to cheer about.”

Emery has suggested that he may be used in a more advanced role from this point, with the Spaniard saying when quizzed on his plans for the former Sampdoria man.

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