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‘Arsenal Needed Someone Like Lucas Torreira’ Says Gilberto Silva

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva says that Uruguayan dynamo Lucas Torreira is exactly the sort of player they need in their midfield.

Gilberto was a prominent member of the 2003-04 ‘Invincibles’ side who won the league without losing a single game.

Gilberto was a mainstay in that team, as well as playing every minute in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup success, where he earned rave reviews for his performances in defensive midfield.

Torreira plays a similar role and Gilberto has been impressed, “I thought in the World Cup he played very well for Uruguay,” Gilberto said.

“It was nice because you compare the way this guy plays – his stature is not high, he’s a middle-sized player – but he knows how to position himself and play nice football.

“He makes things simple, and of course at Arsenal we have a lot of expectation for him to keep the team ticking, the support and the position. Arsenal need somebody like that.”


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