Unai Emery on why Torreira has not been starting games

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has spoken on why Lucas Torreira has not been receiving starts in the Premier League, so far this season.

The Uruguay international was one of the best performers for his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup where they were knocked out by France in the quarter-finals.

Torreira did report back to the club fairly late, since he featured at the World Cup in Russia.

However, the fact that the 22-year-old is yet to make a start in the Premier League this season, despite his impressive displays after coming off the bench, has been hard to accept for most fans.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery was questioned over why the South American star has not been getting any starts so far and the Spaniard explained that Torreira still needs to time to settle in.

“He’s improving and getting to know his teammates. For me, all the minutes he’s playing are very important for the performance. [He needs] to continue working. Every minute they are playing, they are [improving] their performances.” the Arsenal boss said

“It’s very important also for me to have another [option] in midfield. Matteo has started very well in the Premier League. Xhaka is very important for us and Elneny is working well every day. We need good players and good commitment when they are on the pitch. Lucas is like that.”

Torreira received rave reviews especially after the 3-1 win over West Ham a couple of weeks ago – Arsenal’s first victory of the new campaign.

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