London – Lucas Torreira was on Arsenal just a few months, but the hard-working midfielder already looks like a player whose club has been missing for years.
Uruguay will only be the seventh Premier League when the Wolves visit the Emirates stadium on Sunday, but its importance for the fast-improving Unai Emery team is clear.
Acting in the midfielder, Torreira offered a valiant presence, providing the defenders with a fourth defense, while his use of the ball was equally impressive.
Other players in the Emery & # 39; ego team were able to provide more spectacular moments during the 15-match duel of the Gunners.
However, the contribution of Torreira and Granito Xhaki, changed from an inconsistent player of the past season, gave grounds to believe that the Arsenal side has steel that sustains their early attack.
The pair created a balance in the team that Arsene Wenger's government had missed for long periods in recent years.
After building an early success in North London around the help of Patrick Vieira, Wenger's failure to solve the apparent weaknesses of his later pages was sometimes embarrassing.
Gilberto Silva provided admirable service, but since the Brazilian went to Panathinaikos 10 years ago, few players have shown that they are able to fill what often seemed to be an obvious gap.
It seems that the arrival of Torreir from Sampdoria this summer ended, however, waiting. Emery slowed the 22-year-old in his new life in English football, introducing the player from the bench in the first five league games before deciding that Torreira is fast.
And his fierce appearance in a draw with Liverpool last weekend from 1: 1 confirmed that he settled in his new surroundings.
"You have to admit it's right because he is someone who works hard, who wants to work hard and who shows it on the pitch," said Arsenal's defender Shkodran Mustafi.
"In the match against Liverpool, he regained many balls, which makes him not only easier for the defenders, but also for the whole team.
"I have changed many leagues, many countries and I know it is not easy to settle in. I think he did it perfectly."
The performance of Emery & # 39; ego against Liverpool reinforced the belief that they have a chance to emerge as real contenders for the Premier League title.
The main priority of Arsenal is to return to the Champions League after losing last season, and winning at the top of the table would be an additional bonus.
The performances are constantly improving, and the Emery & # 39; ego effect is already noticeable.
The next test is to maintain this form, and the loss of English striker Danny & # 39; Welbeck to a serious ankle injury this week will not help.
But Torreira provided Arsenal with features he lacked, and if the midfielder continues to play as he does, the Gunners may have to review their goals when they reach the second half of the season.