Abdoulaye Doucoure

Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure is ‘much better’ than Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira – Paul Merson

Arsenal & Lucas Torreira

Most Arsenal fans have been impressed with Lucas Torreira since he arrived from Sampdoria in the summer.

Arsenal shelled out £26 million on the midfielder from Uruguay.

Torreira has been left out of Arsenal’s team in recent weeks, but as revealed in the Times, that’s because Unai Emery is keen that the midfielder stays fit:

When fans became fidgety about Emery’s sparing use of Torreira at the start of the season, Arsenal’s head coach was taking the longer view, bedding him in slowly to a new league after a hectic summer.

When supporters then became annoyed at their new cult hero being rested, Emery clearly felt that there were medical concerns about the hard-working Uruguayan player succumbing to injury. 

Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure is ‘much better’ – Paul Merson

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson is no stranger to making outlandish comments.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Thursday about the January transfer market, Merson has told the Gunners to move for Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure.

In making his case for Doucoure, Merson stated the following:

They should sign Abdoulaye Doucoure at Watford – he’d walk into the team. I’d take him tomorrow morning.

He’s a much better player than Torreira and he scores goals. He’s one of the most under-rated players in the Premier League – he could play for any of the top six.

Doucoure & PSG

During the January window, Doucoure has been linked with move from Watford to PSG.

However Doucoure recently confirmed he’s staying at Watford until the summer.

Doucoure was a guest on Canal Plus the other week, and he made the following statement:

I want to do my season at Watford. Aside from that, it is true that I have heard rumours.

I am flattered by their interest but for the moment there is nothing concrete.

I am concentrating on my performances with my club.

There has not been any contact, Watford have not been contacted by PSG. It is just things in the press.

It is true that PSG’s project interests me, being from a Paris region.

My aim is play well with Watford and why not join a club playing in the Champions’ League.

Also see: Arsenal in pole position ahead of Tottenham in the race to sign Radja Nainggolan.

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