Arsenal and Liverpool played out a highly entertaining 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening. Both sides produced eye-catching displays and ultimately a draw was probably a fair result.
Having gone 1-0 down in the second half after James Milner capitalised upon Bernd Leno’s mistake, the Gunners hit back via Alexandre Lacazette to even the score. However, this was a game that could have seen many more goals were it not for the valiant defending of both sides.
Lucas Torreira was an absolute machine in the middle for Unai Emery’s side. The tenacious Uruguayan harried and pressed Liverpool players constantly and, alongside his midfield partner Granit Xhaka, never allowed the Reds to gain much of a foothold in the middle of the park.
Not only was the 10-cap Uruguay international excellent at breaking up opposition play, he also excelled in launching quick counter-attacks once he had won the ball back. His incisive and direct passing put Jurgen Klopp’s rearguard under pressure throughout the game.
After the match, many Arsenal fans took to Twitter to applaud the 22-year-old’s magnificent display…
Lucas Torreira has was the signing of the summer in the PL. change my mind.
— GJ AFC (@georgejudson50) 3 November 2018
Torreira is a revelation! Laca my number 9 #AFC
— ALDN (@AaronLondon100) 3 November 2018
One of the most satisfying things for me today was watching our midfield control the game. Haven’t seen that in a big games for ages. Torreira and Xhaka were amazing.
— SamW (@SamW_AFC) 3 November 2018
Very proud of that performance. Lots and lots of positives. Torreira was brilliant as always, by far our most important player. Emery with more substitutions and changes that worked. Can’t really complain #coyg #afc #arsenal
— ArsenalTorch (@ArsenalTorch) 3 November 2018
Tell me a better defensive midfielder than Torreira, I’ll wait
— Prichy AFC (@MarkUprichard) 3 November 2018
Torreira is the buy of the season. Fabinho cost to wife as much and torreira is a beast and adapted quicker. Without him we simply would of been outrun today. #afc
— Imran patel (@Bergy10_afc) 3 November 2018