Lucas torreira is like a dog on the pitch says by arsenal ex midfielder

NEWSSPORT ADVERTISEMENT  Lucas Torreira is like a ‘dog on the pitch’ says ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit  Emmanuel Petit has been impressed with Lucas Torreira’s form (Getty Images) S S 19 SHARES Latest from»  Riot police fire tear gas in violent battles on streets of Paris  Meghan Markle wanted air fresheners to get rid of 'musty smell' before ... Metro Sport Reporter Saturday 1 Dec 2018 1:20 pm Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has hailed Lucas Torreira’s battling qualities and says that the club have needed someone with his talents for a long time. Following a slow start to the season, the 22-year-old summer signing from Sampdoria has grown in influence at Arsenal and is fast-becoming one of the first names on Unai Emery’s teamsheet. Despite only coming on as a substitute in Arsenal’s first five games of the season, Torreira ranks third for tackles won (24) and second for interceptions made (22) in the Premier League in Arsenal’s squad. ADVERTISEMENT It is those ball-winning abilities that Petit claims Arsenal have lacked over the past decade and the Frenchman has been impressed by Torreira’s work-rate, labelling him a ‘dog on the pitch’. MORE: FOOTBALL  Why Tottenham are the team Unai Emery wants Arsenal to become Speaking to Press Association, Petit said: ‘In terms of fighting spirit, Arsenal have needed a player like Torreira. ‘With the old back four that I played with and during the Invincibles’ era, we had players with anger who would fight for every ball. ‘Arsenal have been too glamorous in the past few years, and not dirty enough, but with Torreira, the dirt is coming back into the team. ‘He is not the most talented player, but he is like a dog on the pitch, he is a leader and sets an example. ‘He doesn’t impress you physically, but you can feel his breath on your neck, and his foot in your calf because he is there all the time, and that is the kind of player you need in a team.’  Torreira was one of the first arrivals of the Unai Emery era at Arsenal (Getty Images) Arsenal were frequently criticised for being a soft touch during Arsene Wenger’s latter years but under Emery they do appear to be more competitive and difficult to beat. The team’s new-found resilience is highlighted by an unbeaten run of 18 games in all competitions – a record that stretches back to August when they lost against Manchester City and Chelsea. ADVERTISEMENT Emery’s side do face a couple of tough games next, though, with the north London derby against Spurs on Sunday and then a trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on Wednesday. MORE: ARSENAL FC  Mesut Ozil will be 'worried' before Arsenal vs Tottenham, claims Ian Wright  Share Share Share Share Share MOREArsenal FCEmmanuel PetitLucas Torreira  Usain Bolt keen on Strictly Come Dancing appearance  The foolproof guide to getting your home ready for Christmas View article comments » WHAT'S TRENDING NOW  Raheem Sterling reveals what Juan Mata told him during Manchester United’s defeat to Manchester City  Manchester United players shocked by Alexis Sanchez injury during training session  Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi refuses to sign new deal as he considers future away from Stamford Bridge  Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay deserve to play admits Jose Mourinho  Jurgen Klopp blames Premier League managers for Manchester City’s dominance VIDEO  Protesters clash with police in Paris, 24 arrested  BMW driver outsmarts carjackers with cat and mouse manoeuvre  Tommy Robinson admits he's 'fake news central'  Shocking moment plane engine fails during flight More videos » MUST READ  Neymar makes Champions League history as PSG beat Liverpool  Chelsea legend Didier Drogba names the best defender he faced  Sarri highlights N'Golo Kante's mistakes and reveals why he can't play in Jorginho's role  Maurizio Sarri bursts Callum Hudson-Odoi's bubble moments after first Chelsea goal  Chelsea star crashes Callum Hudson-Odoi interview and claims credit for goal  Chelsea given green light to sign Maurizio Sarri transfer target DON'T MISS THIS...  FIFA 19 review - challenging on the pitch, rewarding off it  Final Great Britain win perfectly captured the highs and lows of old Davis Cup format ON THE BLOGS...  To football loving girls: Ignore the bullies and let your feet do the talking  Safe standing is not a betrayal of the Hillsborough families, but a new era for football YOU ARE HERE: Football › Arsenal FC 

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