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Premier League 2019-20: 3 mistakes Unai Emery has made at Arsenal this season

Bryan
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:53 IST

#2 Lucas Torreira being played out of position

Unai Emery has not been playing Lucas Torreira in the correct position
Unai Emery has not been playing Lucas Torreira in the correct position

When Arsenal signed Lucas Torreira, every Arsenal fan was thrilled because they had finally got a top defensive midfielder who was capable of developing into a player of the caliber of Patrick Vieira or Gilberto Silva. The Uruguayan had an amazing first season at Arsenal and given their defensive problems, he was expected to provide that much-needed support to the defenders.

Things seemed destined to get better in his second season, but Emery start playing Torreira out of position and that has already started to affect the team. Emery has been using the Uruguayan as a box to box midfielder, suggesting that he should be scoring goals, and that has taken its toll.

Having featured for Uruguay in the 2019 Copa America, Torreira's return to the Arsenal first team was delayed. But even after three months, Emery has only played him in cup competitions, with minor cameos in the Premier League. This is another key mistake Emery has made at Arsenal this season.

Despite seeing the benefits of playing Torreira in his natural position throughout last season, Emery has failed to use his best quality. Torreira's best traits are his ability to break up play, win back the ball, interception, tackling and concentration, and with Emery playing him out of position, Arsenal were always going to suffer.

With Emery under immense pressure, he needs to realize this mistake or he could be without a job very soon.

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Published 31 Oct 2019, 02:04 IST
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