Arsenal didn’t get off to the best start in the Premier League as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to champions Manchester City in the opening round of fixtures.
New boss Unai Emery couldn’t have asked for a tougher start, with Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea up next for the Gunners.
After bringing in a number of new faces this summer, Emery elected not to start with their most expensive recruit Lucas Torriera, instead opting for Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and youngster Matteo Guendouzi in midfield.
Torreira, who signed for an estimated £25million, could only make the bench, and came on for the disappointing Granit Xhaka in the 70th minute.
Many Arsenal fans were perplexed with Emery’s decision to leave out the Uruguay international against the champions who overran Arsenal across the pitch.
The supporters have been reacting on social media to Torreira’s omission and here’s a selection of what they’ve had to say.
For me Guendouzi had a great game that’s why he stayed on pitch when Torreira was brought on.. I think it should be them 2 together in centre mid.. but he joined the team late and hasn’t had much pre season, can see why manager used him as a sub .. work in progress
— CDinkDyer (@dyer_dyer) August 12, 2018
Torreira in 10 mins of game time has done more for this club than Xhaka has in two years.
— WH (@Wilshoholic) August 12, 2018
Torreira should’ve started
— Urban Arsenal (@ArsenalUrban) August 12, 2018
Arsenal will be fine as soon as Emery realises Torreira is twice the player Xhaka will ever be
— ok (@JamzLdnKmt) August 12, 2018
Torreira gave a really good account of himself. Liked how he changed the pace of the game when he got on the ball. Can become a real dictator under the right tutelage. They’ll be calling him Napoleon.
— RG (@registability) August 12, 2018
We controlled the game a LOT better once Lucas Torreira was on the pitch. Fact. pic.twitter.com/faSMCskPoX
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) August 12, 2018
Torreira, Arsenal’s only good signing over the summer (Guendouzi not ready yet), is on the bench whilst Xhaka, one of the worst players in the Premier League, is getting minutes.
— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) August 12, 2018
People want Torreira to start over Guendouzi who was our best Pseason player and has jelled with the team.
— Olivier Giroud ⚪ (@GoalivierGiroud) August 12, 2018
Torreira is gonna make such a big difference to this team. Can’t wait to have a midfielder who actually wants to defend and not charge forward at every opportunity.
— Calum (@CalArsenal) August 12, 2018
Xhaka takes too many touches to release the ball…against a City side that presses hard, he was always going to lose possession easily that way…When Torreira came in, everything changed..Torreira MUST start every game including training matches #AFC
— Sidney 🚀♨ (@sidramatic1) August 13, 2018
As soon as he came on he made a difference. He knew how to work with Guen, working off his movement. You could see there was more fluidity in our play.
— Georgy Guiot (@LocalSoulHero) August 12, 2018
Hope he starts next game,he’s a gem.
— #WeAreTheArsenal 🔴⚪ (@Spectrum969) August 12, 2018
He’s the player we’ve been waiting for.🙆🏻♂️
— MINTCHOCO🍵 (@hiichan_hnd) August 13, 2018