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Torreira: Can Arsenal Cope in His Absence?

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Torreira injured at Selhurst Park


Lucas Torreira has become an influential figure at Arsenal since Mikel Arteta arrived at the club in December 2019. He joined the club last season and had an instant impact with his combative style of play that won the fans over but as the season progressed, he lost some form before serving his country at the 2018 World Cup.

The start of the new campaign proved difficult for Torreira with the Uruguayan losing his place in the starting lineup to Matteo Guendouzi and in the games he managed to play under Unai Emery, he played out of position, much to his despair, that sparked rumors of a potential exit from the club with Serie A as the likely destination.

In the first 10 games of the season, Torreira started only two games and did not complete 90 minutes. Torreira is an ever present at the team since then, but he has become a cause for concern after his injury in the draw against Crystal Palace. The manager, Mikel Arteta, provided an update on his injury after the match,

“Matteo was really good when he came on as well, but Lucas has been in good form. He has given us a lot but I had to get him off because he wasn’t feeling good.

“It’s a muscle injury. We’ll have to assess it with the doctors tomorrow. We will know more the day after.”

Since Arteta took over, Torreira’s improvement is evident and increased his value to Arsenal. I pulled out some of his stats (via to juxtapose between his first four games for Arteta and the rest of his time under Emery,

Bournemouth Chelsea Man Utd Crystal Palace 2019/20 Average 2018/19 Average
Touches 93 67 52 64 713 1645
Tackles Made 2 0 2 1 1.4 1.9
Interceptions 2 3 2 2 1.3 1.2
Fouls Committed 2 1 2 0 0.8 1.1
Clearances 0 1 4 1 0.9 0.9
Blocked Shots 1 0 0 1 0.3 0.2
Total Passes 77 53 40 52 654 1590
Long Balls 3 4 3 4 28 60
Key Passes 1 0 0 0 0.5 0.7
Pass Completion % 88.3 88.7 87.5 88.5 88.7 87.4
Bookings (Yellow / Red) (1 / 0) (1 / 0) (0 / 0) (0 / 0) (3 / 0) (7 / 1)

One standout attribute from Torreira’s stats since the introduction of Arteta to the side is his interceptions, as the Uruguayan performed admirably in his primary duties as a defensive midfielder. His absence was felt in the second half of the Crystal Palace game, as Guendouzi could not replicate what he offered on the field when he played alongside Granit Xhaka, and it is fair to say that the midfield was lost.

Torriera’s tackling, clearances and blocked shots increased under Arteta, with the manager allowing him to express himself freely in his favored position.

When Guendouzi and Xhaka play together, the Swiss plays a deeper role, allowing the young Frenchman to roam forward in a box-to-box like role.

However, Xhaka lacks the agility to function as a defensive midfielder, with his key strength, his passing range, that does not come into play when the Gunners are not with the ball. This clearly means that Guendouzi or / and Xhaka need a Torreira beside them to do the dirty work while they continue their roles as cultured midfielders.

The game against Sheffield United comes up this weekend and Arteta waits for updated information regarding Torreira’s fitness because with the way the Gunners play, the Uruguayan’s role is key and at this point, I don’t think we have an able replacement, unless something is done in the January transfer window, which I am pessimistic about.


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Football Injury Prevention – Common Measures to Observe

Athletes and sports people are at a higher risk of suffering injuries than ordinary people. These injuries range from those caused by sports to others that can happen during exercises. Football has a higher risk of injuries than many other sports. If you have watched it, you may have noticed that the players are very masculine, but they wear protective gear like helmet, joint guards, and gloves.

Fortunately, there is a lot that can be done to prevent these injuries, and this article will cover some of the measures to take to keep them at bay.

Wear the Right Protective Gear

Football players are supposed to wear various protective gear whether they are in the real match against their opponents or practicing amongst themselves. Although it may not be necessary, they should also wear the right gear during training that involves extreme exercises. It will go a long way in preventing a number of injuries. Here is the list of protective gear that they should use:

·         Helmet

·         Gloves

·         Cleats

·         Chest and Shoulder Guards

·         Jockstrap

·         Observe Set Safety Procedures

Football is regulated by strict rules that are meant to ensure the safety of the players. Either an individual or team has to observe these rules at all times. The good thing is that they are all aimed at preventing injuries. Upon joining, you will be given these rules, which includes playing without an intention to harm the opponent, wearing the right gear, and many others.

Stay Active During Offseason

One of the primary reasons why injuries are high in football is that players decide to take a vacations and rest from active life during the offseason. This causes stiffness in the joints and the muscles become dormant.

When the activities resume, this person is more likely to suffer injuries as opposed to someone who remained active. You can still continue using enhancement gear from Steroids Evolution, eat the right diet, and exercise as you wait for football season. Everyone will be amazed by the fitness you have attained when you resume.

Learn to Warm Up Before Exercises

Whether you are in football or any other fitness activity, doing warm-ups before the training starts will prevent injuries in many ways. The muscles require many preparations rather than being indulged in tasking activities all at once. And so are the joints, which are more prone to injuries than any other part of the body. Football is taxing sport and players require extreme workouts to remain fit.

Do Frequent Medical Checks

Another paramount way to prevent injuries as a football player is through medical checks. Although reputable teams have dedicated doctors who schedule the check-ups for all players, others do not, and it is the responsibility of the players to do this. Medical checks can detect any challenge or danger early in advance and have it corrected before it escalated during a match.


Now that you have heard the right procedures and tips that prevent injuries in football, it is time to practice them. You will undoubtedly enjoy the results.

Thoughts on Hector Bellerin’s Injury and Reviewing Arsenal’s Options at RB

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*removes cobwebs*

*evicts Spiderman – his rent was overdue anyways*

So I haven’t published a post on this blog in four months…

For a guy that has written over 1,500 posts in nine years, it’s simply not good enough, and for that I apologize. I’ve always longed for someone to hold the fort while I am away but that didn’t happen, but it’s not enough not to write in four months. But it’s cool – I’m back like Hector Bellerin would be after six to nine months.

It’s really sad to see our best right back suffer such an injury that could be career threatening, but I take some solace in the fact that he would be given the best medical assistance required for a speedy recovery. His surgery is scheduled to take place in Spain while he would return to London to start the grueling rehabilitation process.

Hector Bellerin had regressed as a footballer in recent seasons but he picked up some form under the tutelage of Unai Emery. With five assists to his name, he beefed up his creative numbers and you can’t underestimate his importance to the way we play our football under the new gaffer. After hitting a good streak of form, he suffered a setback with a calf injury that sidelined him for a while and he was eased into action by the manager, only to sustain this latest injury that would rule him out for the rest of the season, as well as some chunk of the 2019/20 campaign.

So where do we go from here? With Bellerin no longer available for selection, Emery has only two options – work with the other lads at his disposal or delve into the transfer market to probably get a short term mitigation. A loan deal for Nathaniel Clyne some right back.

Let’s explore Option 1 – using the lads at our disposal. In the hierarchy of right backs in the club, Emery has Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Carl Jenkinson as able deputies for Hector Bellerin.

Lichtsteiner, that just turned 35 recently by the way, has seen that life in the Premier League can be a struggle, even if you’re Methusalah’s age mate and have won a truckload of titles in the Serie A. I was one of those fans that had a poker face when he was the first signing in the Emery era and to be honest, I didn’t expect him to light any fireworks, but from what I knew about him, I expected him to put a shift in the games he gets selected. Early on in his Arsenal career, he had it all peachy and creamy, scoring against some farmers in the Europa League and having fun with some lower league folks in the Carabao Cup but Bellerin got injured and he was selected to play with the big boys in the EPL. We all know how that panned out – there were the shite fests away to Liverpool and Manchester United then that header to Brighton’s Jurgen Locadia that cost us three points. As an elder statesman, I didn’t expect him to get that much minutes at the Premier League and with Bellerin injured, he could become a liability in an already shaking backline.

Verdict – I hope he features in only FA Cup and Europa League games.

Then there’s Carl Jenkinson, the forgotten true and true Gooner that has plied his trade in several clubs but still finds himself with us. He’s certainly not a world beater by his fair standards but Jenks gives you 100% commitment and heart, which compensates for his lack of ability. He possesses a nice cross on him though, with his assist in the Blackpool game a reminder of what he can do when selected. What I do love about him is the fact that he doesn’t whine about not playing consistently, and will do his bit when selected, but there’s a reason he’s our fourth choice right back. With his contract expiring this summer, Jenks will certainly try pastures anew but he still has a role to play for us between now and the end of the campaign.

Verdict – He will only remain a last gasp option when the injury crisis deepens

AMN – one of the nicest acronyms you’d ever see till you find out what it means and then you’d wish you didn’t like the acronym initially, as you expected a bit more. That’s how I can relate to his footballing ability as well. With Maitland-Niles, you have to first of all commend him for playing out of his comfort zone to help his team – he’s not a full back by trade (had a strong midfield showing for England in the triumphant U20 World Cup campaign) but he has been deployed as a left back, right back and even right winger, like your modern day John O’Shea. However, the only challenge of being a jack-of-all-trades has the potential to make you a master of none. AMN has the physical qualities that can make him a decent full back, but he still needs to do some work on his defensive side, as there’s room for improvement.

Verdict – Deploy as Arsenal’s make-shift right back and hope he builds some consistency

Now we are at Option 2 – signing a player, or maybe securing a loan deal, from the transfer market. Well, this is not Football Manager 2019, where you have the luxury of clicking on a tab and all the right back options appear for you. In real life, it’s a lot complex. For starters, the manager has already mentioned that there are no funds to sign players in this transfer window, so this already limits our options to loan deals, which it’s not as easy as going over the counter to get an item. In the Premier League, I can think about maybe Matteo Darmian, Victor Moses and Nathaniel Clyne that would be the noteworthy options, but everyone isn’t like Arsenal that enjoys strengthening their rivals.

In conclusion, the onus is on Unai Emery to make the best decision for his team and as an Arsenal supporter, I’d give my err, support, to the option he decides to take.


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