Lucas Torreira: 2019/20 Performances

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by OnlyOne, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Only reason is because he is small. If he was 6'2 he would be deeper than Xhaka.

    I agree about our structure though. It's been so poorly put together and I would argue - even if you include Xhaka - this is a very decent midfield to work with this season so there should be no excuse. Our best midfield structure was against Burnley and that mainly had to do with the technical security in passing and dribbling from all 3 players rather than structure because look how far away the forwards were in that game.
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  2. Penn_

    Penn_ Established Member

    Are long balls really that much of a threat that it’s worth leaving our midfield completely open.

    Torreria’s poor performances started when pushed further forward, he might not be Kante but he’s certainly not Coquelin and can play a hell of a lot better than we’re seeing.
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  3. Wrighty4eva

    Wrighty4eva Well-Known Member

    Love this guy, theres an awesome player in there, Emery is just trying to coach it out of him to fit Xhaka and Guendouzi into the same midfield, need him sitting in front of the back four rather than out stretching his skillset, can see him looking for greener pastures if we continue to misuse him.
  4. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory Moderator Moderator

    Mentioned earlier in the TM section that I had a feeling Torreira would end up being the odd man out a lot of the time this year. Seems to be the case so far.
  5. MutableEarth

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    It's a good call. Looking at the physical profiles of Xhaka, Guendouzi, Willock and Ceballos - all at least average height or above. Can see Emery values that perceived physical ability despite Torreiras doggedness and aggression.

    Points to the idea that Emery isn't exactly playing to the strengths of the squad individually or collectively. Who can we honestly say is elevated in our squad right now?
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  6. krackpot

    krackpot Well-Known Member

    Can't blame Emery here. Watford would have kicked him out of the game and isolated Xhaka.

    He cannot control the midfield by himself. He needs to be paired with another high energy CM to make it work
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  7. goonerfamily

    goonerfamily Well-Known Member

    This might be an unpopular opinion but as bad as our defence is, I think our midfield is almost as dysfunctional. Our midfielders are always so far from each other and we are not protecting our defence at all. This is why I can't understand why we moved Torreira further forward. I understand his height might be a problem for Emery but surely our centre backs can cover that to some extent. Feel like we're making more problems for ourselves by playing someone like Xhaka or Guendouzi at the base of our midfield.

    Just allow Torreira to sit in front of the centre backs and play Guendouzi and Ceballos just ahead of him. This helps because the centre backs are better protected and removes Xhaka who is too immobile for the premier league. Not saying this is perfect but surely this would be better than whatever Emery is trying now
  8. tcahill

    tcahill Well-Known Member

    Torreira is one of the best ball winning midfielders in the league. He's also semi-press resistant, maybe not to Ceballos's level but far better than Xhaka and probably Guendouzi.

    Xhaka/Guendouzi are strong in possession but offer little back 4 protection. For a team that's set up to counter and inviting a high press, it's unsurprising how many chances we concede. Xhaka/Guendouzi didn't work last season and it isn't working now.

    Last season our best midfield combo was Xhaka/Torreira, with Torreira sitting and Xhaka given more freedom. Why are we not giving Torreira another shot at the central DM role?
  9. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Could Never Wifey An Opp Thot

    Reading this page is hilarious. You’d think Emery is deliberately tryna ruin Torreira’s career and not that Torreira has been poor for the last 9 or so months. You can’t have a lightweight 5’4 guy protecting the defence, he gets bullied every game.
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  10. zilfy

    zilfy Well-Known Member

    I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure EVERY time we used the Guendoozi/Xhaka combination last year very bad things happened. They should not play together.
    Its Emery's unwillingness to learn from earlier mistakes which is unforgivable. I bet we see another goal like the one we saw from Sokratis on Sunday. Surely he can see the things that aren't working and decide to change tactics?
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  11. tcahill

    tcahill Well-Known Member

    Torreira has been poor since Emery started playing him further forward towards the end of last season. While his form has certainly dropped off, not using him at his best role hasn't helped him perform.
    He protected the defence really well the majority of last season, did the same at Sampdoria and plays that role for Uruguay.
  12. progman07

    progman07 Well-Known Member

    Probably not unpopular - even when individually the midfielders play well, we as a group look awful. It feels like the midfielders don't pass to each other at all. Maybe it's wrong though, I don't know.

    The biggest problem is that there isn't one midfielder who is really composed and calm under pressure. Someone who would keep the ball and keep it going regardless of who is pressing him. It results in players trying to get rid of the ball when the pressure is high, and there is no safety option, a Xavi or Fabregas who you could always rely on to be available and ready to receive the ball in tight situations.
  13. Maybe

    Maybe Well-Known Member

    The guy was a top quality for the first 4 months and after we've changed his role he turned to ****.
    He was winning the ball back and intercepting every pass close to him without any problems and suddenly he cant defend or win the ball.

    We have 2 options now:
    a) He forgot how to play football and went too full ****** mode
    b) Change of his role makes him look worse than he is.

    What do you think is more realistic from the two?
  14. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    I think you will get C as your answer:lol:
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  15. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Could Never Wifey An Opp Thot

    You know who else was good for their first few months? Mustafi. Look at him now, so it’s option C: he was never that good in the first place and you were fooled by new player optimism. You said it yourself he’s been poor longer than he’s been good.

    It annoys me how people need the evidence rubbed in their face for years with players bad performances before they stop rating them so highly.
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  16. Maybe

    Maybe Well-Known Member

    Can't argue your arguments at all even if I like the player, but I think it's still worth waiting a bit more to check how he works under a new manager.
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  17. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    I like Torreira but this is a solid point! And Mustafi is just the most recent..
  18. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Could Never Wifey An Opp Thot

    Of course it is I’m a f*cking genius mate.
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  19. pigge

    pigge Wishes Wrestling Fans Liked Him

    If only this guy could be taller it would solve everything.
  20. gunner4lyfe

    gunner4lyfe Well-Known Member

    How is his height an issue now when he was winning every header when he was playing DM? That change in position was just puzzling to me.

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