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Emery reveals what Arsenal new boy must do to earn a spot in the starting XI

He joined English Premier League club Arsenal this summer and has managed to display glimpses of his capabilities whenever he got the chance.

Arsenal earned a hard-fought victory against Cardiff City as the North London club registered their second consecutive victory of this season and seems like they have bounced back from the shocking effect their first two defeats had.

Arsenal’s game was not error-free but the team had what it took to win the game as Lacazette scored the winner 9 minutes before the end of the regular time. While the game might have brought numerous concerns for their Unai Emery, it has also provided him with numerous positives. The performance of Uruguayan Lucas Torreira, who joined Arsenal this summer, is one of those positives. The 22-year-old made his appearance coming off the bench as a substitute. He made an instant impact as he was exceptionally well for the North London in the last 20 minutes of the game.

Apart from completing 100% successful pass rate, he also provided the assist for Lacazette’s winning goal that helped Arsenal seal all three points. Emery also claimed that Matteo Guendouzi and Xhaka are performing decently for the team.

The former PSG gaffer said, “He’s improving. He is getting to know his teammates. For me, all the minutes he is playing is important for his performance. He needs to continue working. But it’s very important for me to think about others players, Matteo has started well and Xhaka is very important. We need good players. Lucas is like that.”

Unai Emery was seemingly happy with Arsenal’s performance and claimed that their reaction was good. He said, “The reaction is very important. The reaction was very good. We were calm. The most important thing is to be calm and to continue working. We controlled the match for 70% of the 90 minutes.”

Author’s Take

Lucas Torreira has made an instant impact for Arsenal and will be looking to cement his place in the squad. He was dominant against Cardiff City since he came off the bench. Looked comfortable passing and holding the ball. It remains to be seen how effectively Emery would address this problem and include the 22-year-old in their squad.


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