Emery set to finally hand Torreira first Arsenal start

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is set to finally hand summer signing Lucas Torreira his first start this week, according to The Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

After initially struggling to find their footing in the Premier League, Arsenal have bounced back to secure three consecutive victories and have handed themselves a huge boost in confidence ahead of Thursday’s Europa League opener against Vorskla Poltava.

The Gunners are ranked as favourites for the clash with Vorskla and a number of changes are expected to Unai Emery’s line-up, with The Daily Mail stating that Lucas Torreira is one of the players set to be drafted into his starting XI.

Signed from Sampdoria in the summer, the Uruguay international has so far seen his opportunities limited to five substitute appearances in the Premier League but looks set to be finally handed a start by Emery in Thursday’s game.

The right call?

The comparisons between Arsenal’s first-half performances this season without Torreira and with the 22-year-old in the side after his introduction off the bench have been extremely different, with the Uruguayan providing a huge improvement in Saturday’s win over Newcastle.

Emery’s side struggled to find their footing in the first period during the game at St. James’ Park and introduced Torreira at half-time, who then changed the tempo of the game and ultimately helped the Gunners seal all three points.

With Granit Xhaka’s influence in the Arsenal midfield growing, young Matteo Guendouzi is the man most likely to miss out if Torreira becomes a regular starter in North London but the potential relationship between Xhaka and the Uruguayan should put the pair amongst the first names on Emery’s teamsheet.

Torreira, whom Gunners fans on Twitter have been desperate to see in the starting XI, has been slowly introduced to the action following his summer move and Thursday’s clash with Vorskla is the ideal opportunity to unleash him from the start, which should lead to a long run in the first-team.