Gunners Legend Says Torreira Isn’t The Player The Club Have Been Looking For

Arsenal Legend Gilberto Silva controversially doesn’t believe that summer signing Lucas Torreira is the defensive midfielder the club have been looking for.

Silva signed for Arsenal back in 2002 and spent six years with the Gunners cementing his places amongst  the legends of the club.

During his six years he was vital to Arsene Wenger’s plans and was exceptional at breaking up play. Since his departure in 2008 Arsenal haven’t replaced him with a likewise player upon till Torriera, who has received praise from pundits and fans for his performances for The Gunners.

But the 42-year-old Arsenal legend doesn’t thin the Uruguayan is as good as other defensive midfielders in the league such as Premier League winners N’Golo Kante and Fernandinho.

Silva told talkSPORT: “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.”

Is Silva being harsh on Torreira or is he right?