Mikel Arteta explains Lucas Torreira substitution during Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

first_imgLucas Torreira was hurt following a collision with his Arsenal teammate Nicolas Pepe (Picture: Getty)‘He’s given us a lot but I had to get him off because he wasn’t feeling good.’Matteo Guendouzi was introduced at the start of the second period and although Arsenal lost their stranglehold on the match and conceded an equaliser to Jordan Ayew, Arteta was pleased with the way the young Frenchman equipped himself.He said: ‘Matteo was really good when he came on as well, but Lucas has been in good form.’Despite Palace’s numerical advantage following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s red card, Arsenal came closest to stealing all three points when Nicolas Pepe’s shot was diverted onto the post by Vicente Guaita before the Spaniard smother Alexandre Lacazette’s follow-up.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘That’s what I wanted to see from my team with 10 men,’ added Arteta.‘The reaction was really, really positive and they wanted to win the game. They went for it and we had three or four really good situations.‘We created the best chance with Nico and Laca. We were unlucky not to win the game.’MORE: Arsenal equal unwanted record after disappointing Crystal Palace drawMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to miss Arsenal’s clash against Chelsea after red card in Crystal Palace draw Advertisement Mikel Arteta explains Lucas Torreira substitution during Crystal Palace vs Arsenal Comment Arsenal star Lucas Torreira only managed 45 minutes against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta confirmed a muscle injury forced him to take influential midfielder Lucas Torreira off at half time during Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.The Uruguay international has been one of the main beneficiaries of Arteta’s appointment following a testing spell under Unai Emery who had asked the combative 23-year-old in a more advanced position.Restored to the base of Arsenal’s midfield, Torreira has been in outstanding form recently and was arguably Arsenal’s best player during an impressive opening 45 minutes at Selhurst Park.Torreira was involved in nasty clash with his teammate Nicolas Pepe towards the end of the first half and required lengthy treatment, but Arteta confirmed the former Sampdoria player sustained a muscle injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s a muscle injury,’ he said. ‘We’ll have to assess it with the doctors tomorrow. We will know more the day after. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 Jan 2020 4:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img

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