On Torreira, How We Will Line-Up and Transfer Rumours

The new regime continues its’ work unabated with the signing of Lucas Torreira, and later in the day, the longer-term project of Matteo Guendouzi.

No surprise either’s arrived; the electronic world trailed both deals heavily, as well as Russian flights. Sad buggers. Torreira is the mythical midfield beast if he plays his club football anything like the manner of his international career. Albeit he is about a foot shorter and five stone lighter than the player of lore. Or at least the version of it we were always told we needed.

No, I don’t know anything of the player’s club days with Sampdoria nor can I be bothered to trawl through hours of YouTube reels showing him ripping possession from opponents or ripping their ankles from the bottom of their legs.

That I know nothing of the player bar four World Cup games where he did just that, bothers me not one jot. Social media tells me he is world-class which I’m just going to leave there; my cynicism could spoil a beautiful moment.

Compared to the midfield of last season, he seems to be the missing link. A defensive shield, with good distribution and not afraid to take set-pieces which he delivered consistently well in Russia, which is a novelty. Who makes way for him? I’m guessing that Mesut Özil is pretty safe in the line-up so it’s Xhaka or Ramsey who drops out.

Personally, I’d leave out the Swiss of the two but that how I’d line the side up. Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, and Aubameyang are nailed on for their spots in the team in my view; three players remain with only two places available. Injury and suspension interfere with the best laid plans though and how we’ll line-up will become clearer in the coming weeks.

Shape, Style and Tactics

This summer is different from those we’re used to. A change in coach, contributing new ideas to the shape, tactics, and type of players we need, coupled with the relatively new management structure and an early close to the transfer window contributed to varying degrees. It made up a brand new ‘whole’, one which had to react more professionally and rapidly than we have previously.

To some, this is a jolt to their system. Gone is the comfort of trust in the manager; it’s a brave new world where the future is unknown as is the style, tactics, and just about everything else. Trepidation isn’t leading to excitement and embracing the new age; fear of change surfaces with the previously unquestionable squad questioned.

But this is the new age and we’ll get some idea of how it shapes at Borehamwood. An inkling, nothing more, of how the players are reacting to the new methods and how quickly they are assimilating Emery’s methods, ideas and philosophies.

No Torreira though; he’s not due back until early August although it won’t be any surprise if he pitches up on the opening day of the new season, raring to go. And then finds he’s 24 hours early and needs to return to the Emirates on Sunday.

The squad is top-heavy and sales are imminent.

David Ospina’s agent turned things on their head a little when he observed that the Colombian had two years remaining on his contract. Most assumed it ended next summer but his words suggest the option of an extra year exists.

Boca Juniors remain the only viable option, although that is influenced by the media he was speaking to at the time.

Mustafa Beer…

The situation isn’t easy to unravel. Cech and Ospina have flaws in their game, gnawingly in different areas. Deciding which one leaves is far from straightforward although I suspect Ospina being the only one to command a fee makes him the obvious departee.

I’m assuming Leno is the first-choice now. Spending £20m+ on a reserve goalkeeper seems unlikely in these times of limited funds. His distribution is rated more highly by more seasoned observers of Bundesliga football than I. All I’ve taken note of are the butterfingers he unveiled at pre-season training. Loris Leno, you say…

The question of goalkeepers further down the ladder is where I’d expect to see more movement. Macey and Martinez are the obvious candidates, with one at least on the road out of the Emirates permanently.

Elsewhere, Juventus are reportedly looking at signing Shkodran Mustafi if they don’t land Diego Godin. I like the way Allegri is thinking. They just won the 2018-19 Serie A with Ronaldo’s signing but Allegri doesn’t want to destroy everyone’s hope. Signing the German is sliver of light to the opposition that there is a chink in their defensive armoury…

Finally, the small matter of whether England face Belgium or France will be decided tonight. Three Lions or Three Kittens? May the best England win.

’til Tomorrow.

98 thoughts on “On Torreira, How We Will Line-Up and Transfer Rumours

  1. Agree with all. If you go by YouTube clips everyone would look as good as Ronaldo or Messi. But from what I saw from wc games Torrieria looks like that high energy player we need in buffering between defense and midfield and hassling players. Did well enough to get into their starting line up with isn’t easy at a world cup. With AMN breaking into first team last season I expect he and Mavrapanos to be a subs or used for cup and early europa games.

    For once I’m fairly optimistic, an (apparently) good youth signing in conjunction with those we’ve got coming through, two experienced defensive players and high rated younger player. With Sven picking the youth prospects I’m a little bit more enthused as he found many a diamond with Dortmund. Apparently we’re not done and they’re still a target or two Emry wants, be it N’zonzi or whoever I’m happy with Leno, Torrieria and Lichsteiner to strengthen the first team. I still don’t expect a definate top 4 spot or a cup straight away Id be content with a change to the larthargic performances we’ve had last two seasons.

  2. I’d be very surprised if Emery picks the PEA, Lacazette, Ozil, Micky Tar, Ramsey and Xhaka in the starting line-up. That’s more Wenger than Emery.

    It seems China have started signing players for hugely inflated sums again. Paulinho wasn’t good enough for Spurs, let alone Barcelona. Now he’s heading off to China for a loan then £50 million plus.

    Maybe they’ll take Ozil for £50 million?

  3. Ever, effervescent exchange YW! Much appreciated.

    Torreira or not to be… what was the question? Is he the answer, in short! No. He might be a midfield Bull Terrier but we need to press collectively as a unit and not as individual to get the best from this kind of player. Something I can’t see certain first team choices doing on a consistent basis.

    Can’t see any serious offers being tabled for our surplus, unless we make it an absolute bargain. Still I’m hoping we can get past Croatia tonight.

    Excited to see what the new season and new Arsenal will bring. Not expecting much though.

  4. Where’s fanboy C?

    Yes the capture of Joel López Salguero and Sam Greenwood is very interesting indeed, seeing as the López was wanted by Barca and Man U were interested in Greenwood. Things are looking up for AFC!

    Pete the Thirst

    We can only dream about a Chinese club taking “The Oz” (we don’t have an “Ox” anymore so I’m guessing we can get away with calling Özil “The Oz” and maybe ease him down the road!)

  5. am really optimistic that the gunners have what it takes for a top four finish with the few additions already in the team but to fight the title, they’ll need few more world class signings that will give the team necessary bite on paper and on the the pitch… ! lets go England! you can do it…..!

  6. I don’t see Sokratis and Mustafi as a balanced pairing so selling Mustafi and buying a Per type replacement would be ideal. Too bad Leicester picked up Evans—that was a bargain and probably our level now—top 4 aspirants.

  7. theres only one way to beat them, get round the back
    coz im the england man, catch me if you can
    a skippy dippy doo, then take off your shoe

    im signing for england….

  8. Dukey,

    Time to throw this game to get to the easier side of the draw—another brilliant Southgate move? Seriously, though, can we have another Belgium v England match this WC that neither side cares about? I expect the ref to VAR England to the final to avoid that scenario. England have the advantage on the pitch as it stands now anyway, I think. And in a one off final—who knows?!

  9. Here’s what I do know about Torriera and Sampdoria: they played a really high pressing style and he was the heartbeat of that system and team, he actually started as a ACM/winger who 2 years ago the manager made the decision to move him deeper because he has a high futboling IQ and tactically is superb and more than anything, people not only that follow Sampdoria but Serie A compare him to Verrati but says he is more defensive as opposed to Verrati’s attacking instincts.

    Who he partners will be really interesting to watch but either way I’m insanely excited about this signing.

  10. Completely agree I think we’ll fluke our way to winning the World Cup. I expect VAR to completely rob the French in the final and it’s happy day’s England. No one will care how we won it!

  11. Like him or not, Modric is such a joy to watch in midfield…dare I say it, he’s this era’s version of what a fit Mozart looked like.

  12. In my mind this is recited by Brian Blessed:

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
    Or close the wall up with our English dead.
    In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
    As modest stillness and humility:
    But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
    Then imitate the action of the tiger;
    Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
    Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
    Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
    Let pry through the portage of the head
    Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
    As fearfully as doth a galled rock
    O’erhang and jutty his confounded base,
    Swill’d with the wild and wasteful ocean.
    Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
    Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
    To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
    Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
    Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
    Have in these parts from morn till even fought
    And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
    Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
    That those whom you call’d fathers did beget you.
    Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
    And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
    Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
    The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
    That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
    For there is none of you so mean and base,
    That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
    I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
    Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
    Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
    Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’

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  13. While LoCelso, Kimpembe and were given a chance by Unai Emery, I look forward to seeing Reiss Nelson excel as a wing forward this season under Emery. He is offensively better, when compared to Iwobi and he can deliver much more, than what we saw him do last season.

  14. C,

    The only joyous thing I’d like to see from Modric is game ending injury after say 30 seconds of the kick off. I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty, being an ex-Spud doesn’t endear him to me either.

  15. YW,

    Sorry, just no. Even New Order couldn’t save hearing John Barnes’ tuneless droning. Makes me cringe ever time.

  16. Goooooooo England. I had a feeling they would go deep in this tournament but not even I dared to believe they could get to the final and possibly even win. Tough match today against Croatia. Just like yesterdays match the defense will be the key and I would not be surprised by another 1-0 game with a set piece goal being decisive.

    I think Torriera is an excellent signing. He can’t change everything by himself and the rest of the team will need to buy into the energy but he can make a difference. Goooooo Lucas.

  17. OMG I just googled Guendouzi and saw his picture and he is going to challenge Elneny for title of best hair in the universe.

  18. Tuneless rapping, part of the genre. Excellent song and John Barnes a plus for me. But even little LSG has been listening to and humming Badiel and Skinner. Catchy. He’s rooting for France but still likes to sing along to “Three Lions.”

  19. If England do make the final… The only way I’d support them over my second country of France is if they pulled out all the stops and got Alan Partridge to commentate the final.

    Jurrasic Park.

  20. World in Motion from New Order was a decent effort. Keith Allen’s ugly mug let’s the video down.

    Is that Steve McMahon in the video at 1 minute? 1 minute, 1 minute…

  21. lari03:
    While LoCelso, Kimpembe and were given a chance by Unai Emery, Ilook forward to seeing Reiss Nelson excel as a wing forward this season under Emery. He is offensively better, when compared to Iwobi and he can deliver much more, than what we saw him do last season.

    Lari03

    I am 100% certain that Emery is going to improve our ability to get results and all the players will be better if the team is functioning as a unit and hopefully he can exorcise some of the dysfunctional stuff. However, he is not going to be a miracle worker and I think its a bit ambitious to expect all of our players are suddenly going to change and all of our youth players are going to suddenly reach their potential. We used to think that Arsene had some sort of pixie that made players better and if we hope for that we are likely to be disappointed.

  22. I expect a team that will reverse course from the generalized decline of the last 2 years and start on a course of improvement and definitely be better defensively. I expect we will be legitimate competitors for 4th place and go to the semi finals and may be even the finals in the Europa league and hopefully go deep in the FA cup and may be even the league cup.

  23. We can only dream about a Chinese club taking “The Oz” (we don’t have an “Ox” anymore so I’m guessing we can get away with callingÖzil “The Oz” and maybe ease him down the road!)

    or the Wizard of Oz when he bothers to put in a good game

  24. Bill,
    I particularly made a reference to Reiss Nelson, because there’s a reason he wasn’t resigning a new contract despite the hype. The boy is a good player.

    I watch Mbappe and while Nelson might not have that level of maturity yet, he is a very skillful player. If the new guy places a premium on talent and performance, he would be a delight to watch.

    You spoke of raising the level of the team’s play, yes that will happen. My desire is to see free flowing football, with thrilling performances and delivering the end product of victories. The only player close to our first team who can dribble for fun is Reiss Nelson and I would love to see him succeed.

  25. England going well early on but Sterling still poor in front of goal. Long 70 minutes to come…

  26. How is lovren not on yellow?
    Kane was not offsides.
    You are forgetting about all of Lovren’s grabbing before hand.
    Could easily be 2 or 3 to nil.

  27. Aaron,

    Your right, Kane wasn’t offsides but he missed his chance even before they called him offsides.

    Honestly mate, I don’t care either way

  28. Heh heh…extra time. French are laughing. If Croats win they’ll have one one day’s less rest on the day of the final and will have played an extra 90 mins over the course of the last 3 games.

  29. Roatia will win. In the end, their experience will tell. England’s hopes are not good enough in the final analysis.

  30. Would have enjoyed the final more, but Croatia earned the win. England should feel good about what this young team achieved.

  31. If I went on a Brazilian blog supporting Corinthians I’d fukin show respect for Brazil. Fuck you all.

  32. Shame England couldn’t stay on the front foot, when in front we seem to lose direction The back passes to Pickford started in the first half, and that’s when you start to lose momentum. Fair play, the Croatians deserved it in the end, but France will stuff them in the final. Overall much better tournament than expected from England so no complaints. BTW Kane was anonymous today, Ali was poor, as usual the Spuds players fold when the chips are down.

  33. Apparently it’s not coming home! 😂

    Every time England play a decent team they come up short. What did we expect! They lost against Belgium and they lost against Croatia. Did we seriously think they were any better than those teams. Had they made it to the final by some miracle, the French would have embarrassed them and it would have been totally one sided. Unfortunately I can’t see Croatia beating France. But it should be a more entertaining final.

    It’s all Mesut Özil’s fault, the lazy gob shite! (just needed to get that in their, some how!)

  34. Dukey buddy calm down, it’s only a game of football!

    andy1886

    You called it buddy, the spuds player’s always come up short. Useless gob shite’s.

  35. Enjoyed watching the Spurs and Manc players gutted. A ton of current and former Spurs players in the semis. True to form they’ll all go home empty except Lloris.

  36. I’ll stop cause Dukey might lose his shit if he hasn’t already.

    Dukey, just do what the rest of the world except Fanboy C does, blame Ozil

  37. C:
    I’ll stop cause Dukey might lose his shit if he hasn’t already.

    Dukey, just do what the rest of the world except Fanboy C does, blame Ozil

    I would say you’ve pissed him off big time C……and a few more of us…..

  38. lari03:
    Bill,
    I particularly made a reference to Reiss Nelson, because there’s a reason he wasn’tresigning a new contract despite the hype. The boy is a good player.

    I watch Mbappe and while Nelson might not have that level of maturity yet, he is a very skillful player. If the new guy places a premium on talent and performance, he would be a delight to watch.

    You spoke of raising the level of the team’s play, yes that will happen. My desire is to see free flowing football, with thrilling performances and delivering the end product of victories. The only player close to our first team who can dribble for fun is Reiss Nelson and I would love to see him succeed.

    Lari03

    Reiss Nelson played almost 500 minutes in an attacking position with the first team against a bunch of teams that were not very good in the early rounds of Europa league and in the league cup and early round of the FA cup. He did not score a single goal or have an assist. He may have talent and he may be good in 3-4 years but he gave us zero end product and he is not close to being ready yet. MBappe he is not, why rush him when he is not ready. Let’s give him about 3-4 years.

  39. What the fuck is going on?

    We are signing players by the hour now?

    Makes me wonder and maybe even dislike Wenger more than ever before! Was he holding all this back? Or was he just milking the Arsenal Cash Cow?

    Anyways,

    Buying players is not a guarantee of success, that remains true.

    But I sure is happy there is something going on at Arsenal and I sure hope it’s the new revolution.

    ******

    Sorry England and English fans…….At least there was definitely some progress they can build on for the next one.

  40. Dukey,

    I understand it is a sad time for England fans. I would have enjoyed the final much more in London if England were in it, but as I said above, people should be proud of what this young team achieved. I am not anti-England—I loved seeing Adams, Wrighty et al in England shirts—but I do despise Tottenham. Hopefully we can get back to club matters and laughing at Spurs again under Emery.

  41. I can only offer my commiserations to the England fans.

    My country hardly ever makes the African Cup of Nations, never mind the World Cup, so I can only imagine the disappointment you guys are feeling, I don’t really have any similar experience to compare.

    All I can say is that no one expected them to go that far, so I’m sure you’re all very proud of how close they came.

  42. I don’t agree with you Bill. The minutes Nelson was given in the Europa league was predominantly as a wingback. He played well as a wingback, he was cautious and he reined in his skillful display to offer a pro performance in the position he was given. I can remember there was a match he came on to offer the most direct play with a shot on goal, while Giroud and co huffed and puffed to no avail.
    It was often after half time and before he was subbed that he would show a little adventure. I rate him highly because he has that spark that can change a game in a moment. If he was average, it was because the team was set up to eke out performances without a definite plan to initiate deft direct attacking play. I am not advocating he should be rushed, but I am saying he already has the skill, he could grow if given the responsibility to do what he does best.

  43. England’s main striker was also the culprit yesterday. If the Spurs striker had scored his best opportunity, there would have been no way back for Croatia. It’s all hindsight and I know it cannot make a difference, but in that situation Sterling was free and better placed and if that goal had gone in, Kane would have spared us all the trauma.

    Like someone noted it’s all about Kane and his goals, I guess that’s why he bagged the nickname Harry Klaim. A striker does have to be greedy and have self belief and all, but great players find a way to win and that was an opportunity lost.

  44. i guess dukey didnt take that very well, nevermind dukes chin up mate.

    extremely proud of the team and what they did this summer…
    no stars in the team (maybe kane)
    lots of young players with no expectations…no divas, no wags, no frills….
    just went out there and made alot of us who had fallen out of love with the national team fall back in love with it.

    i never expected them to get as far as they did, i never expected them to make me feel the way i used to feel about the national team when i was younger.

    not since 1990 have i felt like the way i have the last few weeks and i think we can all be very proud of them.

  45. JonJon:
    i guess dukey didnt take that very well, nevermind dukes chin up mate.

    extremely proud of the team and what they did this summer…
    no stars in the team (maybe kane)
    lots of young players with no expectations…no divas, no wags, no frills….
    just went out there and made alot of us who had fallen out of love with the national team fall back in love with it.

    i never expected them to get as far as they did, i never expected them to make me feel the way i used to feel about the national team when i was younger.

    not since 1990 have i felt like the way i have the last few weeks and i think we can all be very proud of them.

    Wow!
    Jon Jon sent in a comment without the f-word in it!
    Let’s have the World Cup everyday! 😀

  46. On England, I was ultimately disappointed in them.

    After 30 minutes, the game was there for the taking and then they fell back into their shell.

    they are not a very good side and they worked hard but there were players out there last night who seemed to be hiding. Kane, Ali and Henderson being the main culprits and Sterling flattered to deceive as he often does.

    Are these the Finals where no Centre Forwrd actually plays in the position? I couldn’t figure out what role kane was playing all night.

    France would probably have beaten us in the Final but a loss of courage means that we will never know.

    I found myself easily slipping back into not giving a fuck after we went a goal down. They never looked like getting back into it and Croatia must have been knackered.

  47. It’s not time to get off the England fun bus just yet. There’s still the small matter of the 3rd/4th place wooden spoon to be decided. Both manager’s will field a second string 11 and it will be interesting from a neutral’s perspective what tactics they will adopt. I’d like to see if Gareth actually does have some tactical nouse. My guess is he doesn’t and he will revert to form with the sub standard, same old, simple style of play that England have adopted.

    Apparently something was suppose to come home yesterday!? But I think it’s heading to Paris instead!

    Ding, ding, next stop 4th is the end of the route.

  48. England just weren’t very good. A number of players were poor and there were few tactics from Uncle Gareth.

    Sterling – The new Walcott
    Stones – A defender that can’t defend
    Henderson – Passes like he has lead boots
    Lingard – What’s the point?
    Young – Battered by the Croatians all night

    After the first half the only tactic seemed to be to retreat deeper and hope for the best (or penalties)

  49. As usual, fucking top post mate x

    JonJon:
    i guess dukey didnt take that very well, nevermind dukes chin up mate.

    extremely proud of the team and what they did this summer…
    no stars in the team (maybe kane)
    lots of young players with no expectations…no divas, no wags, no frills….
    just went out there and made alot of us who had fallen out of love with the national team fall back in love with it.

    i never expected them to get as far as they did, i never expected them to make me feel the way i used to feel about the national team when i was younger.

    not since 1990 have i felt like the way i have the last few weeks and i think we can all be very proud of them.

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