Arsenal legend lauds "fearless" Torreira.



Martin Keown has heaped praise on Lucas Torreira after his "fearless" display in the North London derby.

The Arsenal midfield marshal was a key figure in their win over Spurs and he scored the fourth goal of the match to wrap up the win for the Gunners.

However, Keown compared the Uruguayan, who signed from Sampdoria in the summer for £26million, to some Arsenal greats, adding that he controlled the midfield.

"It was the best all-round midfield display I have seen in an Arsenal shirt since Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva used to run the show," the ex-Arsenal and England defender declared, writing in The Daily Mail.

"Torreira and Vieira could not be more different in terms of size and stature but their drive and determination is exactly the same.

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"From the first whistle the Uruguayan controlled the midfield. He was utterly fearless, demanding the ball at all times, always eager to snap into tackles and snuff out danger.

"His tireless running gave Arsenal an extra body all over the pitch. You got the sense that if he could, he would happily do everyone else’s job!


"Going forwards, Torreira also excelled. He reads the game exceptionally and when he gets on the ball, he uses it intelligently to feed the quality at the top of the team.

"His emphatic goal proves he is a mean finisher, too.

"In Torreira, Emery has a little dynamo on the pitch who sets the standard."

The Gunners have moved level on points with Spurs in the battle for a top-four spot in the Premier League.

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