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Can Torreira and Xhaka bring back Arsenal’s Glory Days?

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A BARRIER CALLED TORREIRA AND THE REBIRTH OF XHAKA…By Amagore

They say dynamites come in small packages and in Arsenal terms that perfectly describes our newly found midfield dynamo, Lucas Torreira. Over the years Arsenal has struggled to find a reliable midfield enforcer and this was partly due Wenger’s unwillingness to listen to the demands of the supporters. With Unai’s eye for detail the capture of Torreira is the best signing of the season so far and the best thing to happen for Arsenal since the days of Gilberto Silva and the Invincibles.

The diminutive midfielder has been a revelation for Arsenal and is without doubt now the backbone of the team. The jury was still out for Torreira but his dominant display in the middle of the park against a well drilled Liverpool side has confirmed that in Torreira we have a gem of a midfield maestro. For greater parts of the game he imposed himself on Liverpool with aplomb. He won tackles, he won headers, he initiated attacks from the back and that is the aggression Arsenal lacked under Wenger.

The Telepathic Combo……
If the performance of Torreira alongside Xhaka against Liverpool is to be replicated over the course of the season then surely the days of glory will be back before long. Unai Emery has defied odds and has already built a strong team that looks likely not to lose any match soon. It is now 14 games on the bounce without tasting defeat and the come-from-behind draw against Liverpool tasted like a victory, given that the team was expected to be decimated by Liverpool by most pundits including Ex-Arsenal guys like Paul Merson, who seem to think we are still managed by the stiff and stubborn Professor from France who had the audacity to make substitutions in the last minute of injury time and expected miracles..

Arsenal endured two losses to Manchester City and Chelsea early in the season and those results were a rude awakening for Unai Emery. However, I am impressed by how he went on to stamp his style on the team which now clearly understands the Unai style of game execution. The season is still a long way to go and that gives me more hope for a brighter future.

The Rebirth of Xhaka
The arrival of Torreira has seen the resurrection of Xhaka, a player who is a very controversial figure among the Arsenal faithful. During Wenger’s time it was difficult to tell the head or tail of Xhaka’s performance. He was a shadow of the player who used to attract attention when he was in the Bundesliga. Under Unai, Xhaka has been paired with Torreira who claims Xhaka makes him tick. The duo’s performance against Liverpool at the Emirates was just a marvel to watch. The two players understand each other well and are complementing each other well.

I know Unai needs to sort out the central defence soon but so far our midfield base of Xhaka and Torreira is bringing stability in the team. Could this be the combination that will make the Glory days a reality during our lifetime? Could this be the piece of the puzzle that will make Unai our Hero? Is this the Combo that will see us being counted among the big boys of England once again?

Come on you Gunners.

Gooner-talk by Ramsey@Zim-Arsenal desk……..aaronmagore@gmail.com

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Video: Former Chelsea and Man Utd target Alex Sandro talks up Premier League transfer

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Juventus left-back Alex Sandro has revealed he would like to make a move to the Premier League. The 27-year-old is currently in the UK on…

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Arsenal news: Unai Emery decides to sell ONE player in January, replacement lined up

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The Egypt international is yet to play in the Premier League under Emery this season.

Elneny, 26, has been hit and miss since joining the Gunners in 2016 from Basel.

And according to The Sun, Emery is desperate to pocket £15m for Elneny in the January transfer window.

They say Leicester could be a potential landing spot for the defensive midfielder in the New Year.

Should Emery’s wish be granted and Elneny leaves Arsenal, the Gunners want Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals as his replacement.

The 22-year-old will cost just £17.8m due to a release clause in his current contract.

Spain international Fornals has netted three goals and chipped in with two assists in all competitions this season for Villarreal.

Emery was forced to change his January transfer plans following Danny Welbeck’s horror injury.

The striker has more than likely played his last game for Arsenal after breaking his ankle in the Europa League earlier this month.

That leaves Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as Emery’s only real options up top.

Gunners legend Ray Parlour recently told Express Sport that Emery is already making plans ahead of the January window.

He said: “I’m sure they’ll be positions he wants to. For me centre-half he could probably strengthen.

“But he’s got [Laurent] Koscielny coming back, they’ve missed him.

“He’s a little bit older but I’m sure he’s working hard to get back in the side so I think he’ll assess the situation when it comes to January.

“He’ll be lining people up anyway.”

Arsenal are back in action this weekend against Bournemouth in the Premier League.

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Miguel Almiron coming to Arsenal? – VIDEO Skills, Goals and Assists

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Now that it is quite possible that Arsenal are going to be signing Miguel Almiron from Atlanta in January when the MLS season ends. I must admit that our new scouting team appear to have made very good choices at cheap prices so far, so I am hoping that Almiron turns out to be just as good.

Anyway I thought it would be worth revisiting a couple of videos of his time in the USA for you to check out his skills during the last 12 months. The first one shows all 12 of his goals in 31 games for Atlanta…

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And this one shows Almiron’s goals, skills and assists.

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He looks quite good doesn’t he?

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