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In-form Torreira ‘breaking expectations’ at Arsenal

Uruguayan midfielder in sparkling form ahead of Gunners’ Premier League trip to face Southampton

13 December, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Lucas Torreira scored his debut goal for Arsenal against Tottenham in the north London derby

MAN of the moment Lucas Torreira says he is “really happy” to be able to play his part in “a fantastic Arsenal team”.

The Uruguayan midfielder will be looking to continue his sparkling form this Sunday when the Gunners travel to Southampton in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old’s confidence going into the game will no doubt be sky high after he followed up his debut goal for the club against Tottenham in the north London derby by scoring a spectacular winner against Huddersfield on Saturday.

With just seven minutes left to play, Torreira met Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s clever cross with an acrobatic overhead kick to seal a 1-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium. He dedicated the goal “to the fans”, praising them for all their support, at home and on the road.

Reflecting on his exquisite finish against the Terriers, Torreira told Arsenal Player: “It was just the goalscorer’s instinct that all players have – thankfully it came off and the goal meant we won the game.

“I am really happy, really happy. I work really hard throughout the week to make these moments happen at the weekend, because that’s the most important thing.

“These goals help the team to keep winning, keep improving and keep building confidence. We have a fantastic team and a great group and we enjoy playing together.”

Torreira added: “The goal is for the fans, too. They show up every week and follow us to all the different stadiums. They’re always there so this goal is for them first and foremost.”

Gunners head coach Unai Emery said Torreira was “breaking expectations” with what he was producing on the pitch having only arrived at the club in the summer.

He added: “He has quality and his interpretation of the pitch tactically, and his perception in attacking moments and defensive moments is very good. He’s very fast in his mind and his feet too. He can do very good work in defensive moments and, as he’s proven, he can also get into the box and score.”

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