Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner has claimed that holding midfielder Lucas Torreira is the only player to have transformed the Gunners.

Torreira moved to the Emirates Stadium from Sampdoria during the summer transfer window following his stunning performance in World Cup with Uruguay.

And the 22-year-old has now received a praise from former Arsenal star Mariner insisting that the midfielder could help the Londoners to return to the Champions League.

“Depends who drops out of the Champions League,” Mariner said on ESPN FC when asked if Arsenal can win the Europa League to secure a return to the Champions League.

“I was waiting for the Liverpool game [to judge Arsenal’s improvement], I wanted to see what they brought to the table.”

“I must admit Torreira – the holding midfield player – has almost as a single guy transformed this team.”

“He’s pushed Granit Xhaka further up the park a little bit where he’s a bit better, the protection for the back four is good.”

“Can they win the Europa League? It’s a big ask but at the present moment in time, no I don’t think they can.”

Torreira, who has eight caps for his national team, has made 15 appearances for Unai Emery side so far this season.

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