Former Arsenal left-back Nigel Winterburn has claimed that midfielder Lucas Torreira has been so effective since joining the club in the summer.

Torreira joined the Gunners from Sampdoria following an impressive performance in the World Cup with his national team Uruguay.

The 22-year-old, who keeps his game in midfield, has been superb for the North London side in their high-energy 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the weekend.

The defensive midfielder, who played alongside Granit Xhaka in central midfield, has now quickly grown into a fans’ favourite.

Therefore, the energetic Uruguay international was now hailed by former Arsenal defender Winterburn for his performance at the Emirates.

The former England international-turned-pundit told LOVE SPORT Radio: “He keeps the game very, very simple but it’s so effective.”

“I said once we signed him that if he could perform to the level we’d been watching him play at, he would be a fantastic addition to the squad.”

“When I talk about Torreira, I say to people ‘Don’t only watch when he’s got the ball, take a few seconds when the ball comes through him or is in another part of the pitch, have a little glance at what he’s doing’.”

“He gets the ball, he gives it, he moves it on quickly either forward or sideways but then he anticipates that it might be coming back to him or they might lose the ball and he puts himself in the hole where he thinks the ball might arrive again.”

The Uruguay international, who has now 15 appearances for the North London side, will hope to maintain his impressive form against Sporting in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Unai Emery side will be back in the Premier League action on Sunday afternoon as they will face Wolves at the Emirates before a two-week international break.

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