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Arsenal ace Lucas Torreira is 'Best tactical midfielder since Barcelona's Sergio Busquets"

The midfielder completed his £26m move from Sampdoria to Arsenal yesterday ahead of the new season

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Arsenal ace Lucas Torreira is 'Best tactical midfielder since Barcelona's Sergio Busquets"

The midfielder completed his £26m move from Sampdoria to Arsenal yesterday ahead of the new season

11 July 2018 Wednesday 10:25
Arsenal ace Lucas Torreira is 'Best tactical midfielder since Barcelona's Sergio Busquets"

ARSENAL signing Lucas Torreira has some heavyweight credentials according to a man who worked closely with him.

The midfielder completed his £26m move from Sampdoria to Arsenal yesterday ahead of the new season.

Gunners fans who watched Torreira nullify Cristiano Ronaldo for Uruguay in the World Cup are excited by his arrival.

Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal were often accused of lacking a physical presence in the middle of the pitch.

Marcello Donatelli was Pescara's assistant manager during Torreira's time at the club, and he says the 22-year-old will bring all that and much more.

"His technique, his determination and his tactical intelligence always impressed me," Donatelli told Sky Sports.

"He has always been strong in understanding those defensive tactical aspects and he is very mature tactically in terms of how he reads the game.

"He can cope with the gaps that emerge in midfield with great intelligence and he covers very well.

"He is the one who corrects the spaces and cuts out the passes between the lines in the defensive phase."

Donatelli went on to make a huge comparison between Torreira and one of the finest defensive midfielders in the game - Sergio Busquets.

The Spain international has been doing the dirty work Barcelona's engine room for over a decade.

While his work may often go unnoticed, it has been crucial to Barca's unprecedented success over the last 10 years.

"After Sergio Busquets, Torreira is tactically the strongest midfielder in Europe," Donatelli added.

Gunners boss Unai Emery has already signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner and defender Sokratis so far this transfer window.

Updated: 11.07.2018 10:35
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