Lucas Torreira netted his first Arsenal goal in the Gunners’ north London derby win on Sunday afternoon, winning Sky Sport man of the Match.
The defensive midfielder has quickly become a fan favourite at Arsenal for his robust style of play.
However, despite his main job being to protect the back four, Torreira has revealed Emery wants him in advanced positions as much as possible.
“I have the confidence of my team-mates and the coach tells me before every game to try to get forward,” Torreira said.
“Obviously when we are out on the pitch we like to create chances to score.
“In the previous match I had hit the post, going so close.
“On Sunday I got lucky and I am so happy about that.”
Torreira’s rugged style is something Arsenal have been lacking in recent years.
The Gunners were often criticised for being perfect with the ball, but struggling without it.
And Torreira says he enjoys his role of breaking up play and bringing energy.