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Lucas Torreira has admitted that he has been thrilled to hear supporters compare him to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira – but he insists that he still has a lot of room for improvement.
The Uruguay international has been settling in well to life at The Emirates after having signed for the Gunners from Sampdoria in the summer transfer window.
Torreira was initially made to wait for a regular spot in the first team at The Emirates but he has been a regular starter under new boss Unai Emery of late in the holding midfield role.
The 22-year-old was particularly impressive as he was named as the man of the match in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool FC at The Emirates in the Premier League last weekend.
Torreira has admitted that he is flattered to be compared to Vieira – but says that he still has a lot of growing and improving to do.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports News, Torreira said: “If the fans are comparing me and my game to Patrick Vieira, that’s amazing.
“It makes me very proud but I need to grow a bit before I can be as tall as him!
“I’m trying to improve as a player and do what’s best for the team. Right now we’re doing very well so it’s just about doing that.”
“But he’s an amazing player, I remember getting up in the mornings in Uruguay to watch him. I feel very happy and am looking to help the team.
Torreira will be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners return to Premier League action on Sunday with a home clash against Wolves.
The north London side headed into this weekend’s round of fixtures in fifth place in the Premier League table and five points off top spot.