ARSENAL signed Lucas Torreira because he can “do the dirty side of the game”.
That is according to former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton, who believes the Uruguay international is not a high-quality midfielder.
Torreira came off the bench to make his Arsenal debut in the 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City.
Sutton said: “I don’t think Lucas Torreira is a great technician but he is tenacious and loves a tackle.
“Arsenal need players to do the dirty side of the game and that’s why they’ve brought him in.
“He’s come on and is trying to add a bit of intensity.”
Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva did the damage to dampen the mood at the Emirates Stadium for Unai Emery’s maiden game in charge.
Arsenal failed to test City goalkeeper Ederson, and Sutton believes they lacked invention.
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“Let’s not judge Arsenal on this performance against the best team in the land,” he said.
“I think they have shown grit, resolve and desire but I have been disappointed with them in the final third.
City wasted a number of chances including a glorious one-on-one opportunity for Sergio Aguero.
And Sutton believes they should have won by more.
“It could have been a lot more comfortable for Man City today,” he said. “I think that will be the frustration for Pep Guardiola today.
“So many chances but not clinical enough in the final third.
“Raheem Sterling though has been electric and looks as sharp as a tack.”
Arsenal make the short trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Saturday.