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ARSENAL star Lucas Torreira has been one of the signings of the season so far.
And Gunners hero Nigel Winterburn believes he knows why the £26.4m signing has exceeded expectations.
Torreira was Man of the Match for the north Londoner’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday.
His tenacious display kept Arsenal on the front foot and prevented the Reds from dominating possession.
And Winterburn thinks it’s the simplicity in the Uruguayan’s game that makes him so effective at what he does.
The former defender-turned-pundit told LOVE SPORT Radio: ”He keeps the game very, very simple but it’s so effective.
“I said once we signed him that if he could perform to the level we’d been watching him play at, he would be a fantastic addition to the squad.
“When I talk about Torreira, I say to people ‘Don’t only watch when he’s got the ball, take a few seconds when the ball comes through him or is in another part of the pitch, have a little glance at what he’s doing’.
“He gets the ball, he gives it, he moves it on quickly either forward or sideways.
“But then he anticipates that it might be coming back to him or they might lose the ball and he puts himself in the hole where he thinks the ball might arrive again.”
Winterburn has been impressed with the resilience that Arsenal are showing under their new boss Unai Emery.
He added: ”What Unai Emery has done to this team is he has made them stay focused, made them stay competitive, the performance may not be to perfection but they’re hanging in there in games.
“They may be drawing, they may be that goal behind but they’re staying in there right to the end and then they’re coming through very strong with some great mental belief.
“Again at the weekend that’s exactly what happened. They stayed in the game and obviously [Alexandre] Lacazette’s finish was a terrific finish.
“A lot of supporters are talking about now that we’re not sure what the starting XI is going to be and we’re not sure of what substitutions he’s going to make and when he’s going to make them in the game.
“I think when you’re watching a game and you’re looking at your team and manager going ‘It needs a change but I’m not sure who he’s going to bring off here’. It’s exciting for Arsenal fans.
“He’s not afraid to bring off the big boys, switch it around and switch positions.”
Torreira will hope to maintain his form against Sporting in the Europa League (Thursday, 8pm) and Wolves in the Premier League (Sunday, 4.30pm).