Paul Merson has had his controversial say on who he feels is a better midfielder out of Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure and Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira – the pundit opted for the former, to the disgust of many – and it got Gunners fans dreaming of a partnership of the two.
Doucoure has been immense for the Hornets this season and has garnered interest from the likes of PSG, who have tabled a £50m bid for the Frenchman, per The Evening Standard, while Torreira has brought some much-needed bite to the Arsenal midfield.
Both are similar in their characteristics – hard-working, tenacious enforcers who love a beefy challenge – Doucoure might be of a much bigger stature, but the diminutive Uruguayan has proved this season that size doesn’t matter, as he wins the hearts of the Emirates Stadium faithful.
The former Sampdoria man usually partners the energetic Matteo Guendouzi or the technical Granit Xhaka at the base of Unai Emery’s midfield, but both have their flaws – the former is often reckless in and out of possession, while the latter turns like a truck and rarely goes a match without being booked.
While the prospect of Doucoure lining up alongside Torreira might be a mouthwatering one, considering the way Arsenal have conducted their transfer business this month, it doesn’t seem likely that they would shell out upwards of £50m to give the Gunners fans their dream pairing.
Here’s what the fans had to say on Twitter…
Doucoure is better than xhaka though. Torreira no. Torreira and doucoure would be an immense midfield
— donny (@donny_gooner1) January 24, 2019
Torreira no. Xhaka yes. Torreira & Doucoure midfield? YES.
— Will (@_williamhooper) January 24, 2019
Better than Torreira?? ?Seriously… He would be an excellent partner next to Torreira… ?
— Praveen T G (@PraveenTG25) January 24, 2019
I would take Doucoure but to play alongside Torreira signing of the season by a mile
— Captain_Ozil (@AfricanExportLt) January 24, 2019
Personally I would love to see them in midfield together…
— Steve Bowhay (@BowhaySteve) January 24, 2019
I’ve been wanting him for a few years now. Paired WITH Torreira
— Woody (@WoodyJungle) January 24, 2019
He would be a good signing but he ain’t better than Torreira he’s better than Xhaka rather
— YOUNGE (@quamearsenal) January 24, 2019
I rather have him than Xhaka
— #GuendouziPlus10 (@PaulosAlfa) January 24, 2019
I think doucoure and Torreira would be epic!
— joe rogers (@DeSergioDJ) January 24, 2019
I agree with him but i wont say hes better than Torreira but hes way better than Xhaka for sure ??
— Abdulla Al Doy ?? (@AbdullaAldoy) January 24, 2019