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Gilberto Still Has Torreira Reservations

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva is unsure as to whether Lucas Torreira is the long term answer to the Gunners’ midfield issues.

Torreira has earned plenty of praise for his performances in the Arsenal engine room, but Gilberto, who won a Premier League and 2 FA Cups at the club, is unsure.

Talking to radio station Talksport, he said, “Arsenal in the last few years have tried to find a player for this position, which is not so easy nowadays because football has changed a lot. I have seen so many clubs play without this holding midfielder.

“At some point, it became not so important but then teams started to realise this player is important to the structure of the defensive part of the team. Now we have Kante - but he is out of position.

“I prefer him to be in the centre. At City, Fernandinho. Arsenal bought Torreira but the first season is quite hard for him. I don't know if Arsenal have found the player to be the holding midfielder yet.

"I don't think so, when I see their games compared to the other teams, when you compare to Fernandinho and Kante, I don't see the same style of players."

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