Reported Arsenal target Lucas Torreira produced a brilliant display for Uruguay in their 3-0 win against hosts Russia in their final 2018 World Cup group fixture on Monday, and Gunners fans were loving his performance.
Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero confirmed last week that the 22-year-old had left the club amid rumours that the north London outfit had agreed a deal to sign him, but any transfer seems unlikely to be confirmed until after the South American nation are knocked out of the tournament.
The 5ft 6in player certainly impressed in a defensive midfield role for Uruguay, and he showed his positional discipline by sitting in and protecting his back four, even trying to stop a cross by diving on the ground head-first at one point.
Arsenal supporters, who have also told their club to sign a 25-year-old attacking Premier League flop following a brilliant World Cup display, were quick to have their say on Torreira’s showing via social media, and while one said “this could be a game-changing signing”, another said he is “exactly what we need”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Happy with Torreira and Lichtsteiner Performances in the World Cup! Both look strong and look very good signings! If the others perform as well when they come to us, we'll see a big improvement this season!
— Den (@DenAFC69_888) June 25, 2018
we have been crying out for a player like Torreira for years! Very excited to see him play! Who drops out of the lineup for him? Xhaka, Ramsey? Ozil? Surely if Ramsey signs on he’ll be captain
— DJ (@rotototot) June 25, 2018
Lucas Torreira looks a proper midfield player, I'm really happy if we sign him, apparently its been said he will sign for Arsenal.
— Yassin Khan (@YassinKhan19) June 25, 2018
Torreira is just what we’ve been looking for #afc
— ty naira sign (@darkxchoc95) June 25, 2018
What is impressive about Torreira, for me is, he is happy to defend and shield the back 4.
Probably a good sign for Emery's style of play?
— IslingtonGoonerAFC💭 (@Born_a_gooner) June 25, 2018
Torreira looked fantastic. Just what we need.
— Brad Brooks 💬❄️ (@ninthart) June 25, 2018
I’m now officially at the stage where if Torreira doesn’t sign for us (and yeah yeah I know a lot of you think it’s ‘done’) I’m going to be absolutely gutted!…
— Gazwthegooner (@Gazwthegooner) June 25, 2018
Really hope he signs for the Arsenal. What a player! Exactly what we need!
— 🇿🇦Between🇳🇴 (@Geyzen) June 25, 2018
How long have we been crying out for a player like torreira
Does his job he’s been told to do,if he signs he’s bringing discipline to our midfield
This could be a game changing signing 🙏🏻🙏🏻
— afcian45 (@afc197244) June 25, 2018
Excellent first half by Torreira. I've been waiting for us to sign this kind of player for years to be honest. He will give our midfield some much needed protection. Can't wait for the season to start to see him in action.
— 💥💥 (@aubamebangbang) June 25, 2018