Why Emery did not trust Torreira as No. 6?
Posted by: Merlion96 (IP Logged)
Date: 13 October, 2019 15:39

Apparently, Emery trusted Xhaka and Guendouzi to provide a shield for Back-4 rather than Torreira.

Xhaka because of his experience, his ability to dictate the tempo of the game, and his physique not getting bowled over by opponents body-checking or shoulder-charged him.

Guendouzi is for his box-to-box running and the man trusted to receive the ball in the box and brought it out; albeit with a handful of howlers due to his poor tactical awareness to-date.

Torreira was bought as a DCM to plug our leaky defence.
But Emery thought otherwise like Sarri thought otherwise with Kante.

The change in thinking is than Torreira is better employed to break-up plays high up the pitch when the instant the ball is lost; and his primary duty is to destroy those quick counter-attacks started in opponent box.

But opposing managers found it is so easy to counter this high-pressing game by jut hoofing ball out of the box with their pacy wingers and forwards chasing after it, especially with BOTH Arsenal CB and BOTH CB caught high-up in opponent box and only Guendouzi and Xhaka sitting in the middle of the pitch.

Apparently, the new high-pressing game is to press opponent in their half and Torreira (or Kante) is deployed to perform this function with Guendouzi or Xhaka picking up the pieces behind Torreira.

Torreira is so easily bowled over and every tackle on him left him wriggling on the ground; so much so that I am weary of watching him spending more time on his back rather than on his feet.

A teenaged Fabregas was also easily bowled over.
But when he bulked up and developed upper body strength, he came into his own.

In summary, Emery will not trust Torreira as a NO. 6 DCM unless he bulked over and developed upper body strength to face-off against opponents bowling him over all the time.

I fear that this may be the last season at Arsenal and in the summer, he will prefer to leave for La Liga or Spain when he is more comfortable in an environment with less physical challenges from hulks and hard charging from burly players as in the English Game.

And of course, his lack of command of the English Language is becoming a liability when communication is essential as DCM and interaction with Back-4 and working in tandem with fellow midfielders.

Remember Jose Reyes and Gabriel?
Their major handicap is their inability to communicate in English with team-mates.

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Re: Why Emery did not trust Torreira as No. 6?
Posted by: Padre Pio (IP Logged)
Date: 13 October, 2019 22:04

I think he saw something in him that meant he could play a Ramsey type role, a big responsibility to be trusted with. For a while it really looked on, but Torreira seems to have shrunk in that role.
I dont think Guendouzi or Xhaka could do that either. Thus the issue is was Torreira really the player he wanted

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Re: Why Emery did not trust Torreira as No. 6?
Posted by: Jonny Bravo (IP Logged)
Date: 14 October, 2019 13:46

No he wanted Nzonzi as the big unit at the base of the midfield, to head the ball away and to instigate play from that area. Thankfully he didn't get his wish given his career trajectory since.

We have three players in Xhaka, Guendouzi and Torreira, each of who have their attributes (passing range/physicality, engine/creativity and tackling ability) but no one player who encompasses all those attributes.
Having to mix and match the three central players to compensate for the others weakness is costing us both going forward and defensively. Adding Ceballos into that mix has just made the equation even more convoluted. Until we sufficiency replace Ramsey and remove Xhaka from the first team were not going to keep suffering from a dysfunctional midfield.

Re: Why Emery did not trust Torreira as No. 6?
Posted by: AJ The Gunner (IP Logged)
Date: 17 October, 2019 12:12

Who exactly does he trust except Xhaka.

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