What a day of international football did we just have! In France v Argentina our ex-Gunner, Giroud, played the full game and he produced his third assist in three games. He was not one of the obvious stars in the French team but Dechamps clearly rates what he brings to the team, and I have no doubt he will play again v Uruguay on Friday.
But this short post is not about Ollie; it is about one of the shortest men in football I have ever seen on the pitch and who is, as you know, heavily linked with a move to Arsenal: Lucas Torreira. The Uruguayan midfielder played the full 90 minutes v Portugal tonight and had a vital role in their wonderful victory over Ronaldo and co.
I had yet to see him play a full game, but I am now really, really excited about Lucas joining us, if indeed the move will go through. He was clearly instructed to sit back and protect the right side of the box like a pit-bull, just in front of the back-four, as much as possible. He did this formidably: with full focus and a tenacity seldom seen at Arsenal in recent seasons.
In fact, the Portuguese players just didn’t even try and attack that area of the pitch during most of the game. Despite his small size he has real presence and he will steal the ball of any player, whatever their seize. He was clearly instructed to keep Ronaldo away from the box area at the start of the game, and he approached him like a Rottweiler on heat.
The defence knew they could count on him to protect them, and that is exactly the sort of player we need at Arsenal right now. He kept it simple and stuck to his task with full discipline for the whole game.
On top of this, Torreira made a number of crucial blocks and interceptions in the box v Portugal. He reads the game well and foresees danger before anybody else does, it seems. Again, that is exactly what we need in the team, especially when we need to see a game out. I have no doubt that without Torreira Uruguay would not have won the game in regular playing time.
Lucas Torreira is not yet a Gunner but please let it be so asap. He will make us whole again.