Lucas Torreira’s rotational role under Unai Emery explained & Hector Bellerin injury timescale revealed

One of the biggest frustrations voiced by many Arsenal supporters is Unai Emery’s use of Lucas Torreira.

Despite the Uruguayan proving a huge success since his arrival from UC Sampdoria, Emery has acquired a habit of benching him.

However, Henry Winter of The Times has explained the reasoning behind the Spanish head coach’s management of Torreira.

Torreira’s role at Arsenal questioned by supporters

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: David Brooks of AFC Bournemouth is tackled by Lucas Torreira of Arsenal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Torreira enjoyed a hectic summer before joining the Gunners as he helped his nation reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

The 22-year-old completed 90 minutes in three of Uruguay’s five games in Russia playing an integral role in midfield.

In mid-December, PremierInjuries.com released a report showing that 75 injuries were suffered between the 48 Premier League players who reached the last 8 at the World Cup.

Torreira is just one of the few players who has not suffered an injury after reaching the quarter-finals.

Instead of thinking about the short-term, Arsenal’s head coach has planned for the long-term by bedding him into his side.

Whilst Emery’s management of Torreira has annoyed fans, it has also been smart and shown a clear conscience for his player’s welfare.

The former Sampdoria player has been sensational in North London and is sure to play a huge role in any of Arenal’s future successes.

Hector Bellerin sidelined for six to nine months

Hector Bellerin injured

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal consults teammmate Hector Bellerin of Arsenal as he goes down injured during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on January 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal have confirmed that Hector Bellerin has been ruled out of action for six to nine months.

The defender has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Bellerin was stretchered off during the Gunners’ 2-0 win over London rivals Chelsea on Saturday.


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