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Lucas Torreira’s importance to Arsenal summed up in incredible 16-second cameo

The Uruguayan midfielder has been an instant hit since his £25m summer move

It’s quite difficult for a defensive midfielder to make £25m look like a steal.

But that’s what Lucas Torreira is doing at Arsenal.

After slowly being introduced to the English game by Unai Emery, the diminutive Uruguayan is now a mainstay of the Gunners midfield.

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And in the pulsating, breathless draw against Liverpool Torreira showed his importance to his new side in a brilliant 16-second cameo.

He barely put a foot wrong during the 90 minutes anyway but this was his personal highlight, taking on Mo Salah and Sadio Mane and bossing them both.

The Egyptian was his first victim, producing a perfectly timed sliding tackle to dispossess him.

But when Arsenal squandered possession again straight away, Torreira was on hand again to save them.

Mane collected the loose ball but found the Arsenal midfielder in his way, who shrugged him off the ball to diffuse yet another Liverpool attack.

Bossing his opposite number

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Bossing his opposite number

Torreira and Granit Xhaka were exemplary throughout the contest, constantly winning the ball back and limiting the influence of Roberto Firmino.

Considering how much Fabinho struggled, Torreira really stood up to the challenge.


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