Unai Emery has a problem at Arsenal after Lucas Torreira's actions vs Huddersfield

Published Add your comment

Football News

Lucas Torreira was once again the hero for Arsenal on Saturday as his 83rd-minute bicycle kick sealed an important 1-0 victory against Huddersfield.

Arsenal had plenty of chances to score throughout the game but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette didn't have their shooting boots on.

Lacazette did have the ball in the back of the net just before half-time, admittedly, but after rounding goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and scoring the referee controversially blew for offside.

In the end it was up to Torreira to save the day as the Uruguayan acrobatically fired home from Aubameyang's inch-perfect cross.

He now has two goals in three games for Arsenal, with the other coming during last Sunday's 4-2 victory against Tottenham in the north London derby.

Arsenal fans have only had a couple of months to get to know Torreira but they absolutely adore him and regard him as the defensive midfielder they've needed for so long.

Torreira may only be 5' 6" and 22 years old, but he's deceivingly strong, intelligent and extremely composed on the ball.

However, there was one moment in the second half where he really let himself down.

Arsenal FC v Huddersfield Town - Premier League

Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Matteo Guendouzi were all booked against Huddersfield for simulation and footage has emerged showing Torreira was also guilty of play-acting.

In the video below, Torreira flicks the ball past Aaron Mooy and gets brushed in the face yet goes to ground like he's been punched.

Poor. Torreira managed to trick the referee into giving Arsenal a free-kick with his play-acting, but this is an issue Unai Emery must address immediately.

Having three players booked in one game for simulation is rather embarrassing and it should really have been four with Torreira's dive.

Arsenal FC v Huddersfield Town - Premier League

Emery did speak about his players' behaviour after the game and insisted that simulation is something he never wants to see - even if it works. 

"I don't want simulation for players," Emery said in his post-match press conference. "I want more rhythm in the match.

"The opposition can decide how they want to play and for me it is a tough match for that because they stopped a lot in fouls and these yellow cards are good."

Lucas Torreira
Unai Emery
Alexandre Lacazette
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Premier League

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again