Danny Mills has warned Unai Emery that Lucas Torreira needs more help protecting the Arsenal defence.
The Uruguay international moved to Arsenal in a £26m deal from Serie A side Sampdoria in the 2018 summer transfer window after his impressive showing at the World Cup in Russia.
New Arsenal manager Emery used the South American midfielder sparingly in the opening months of the season despite his glowing reputation from his spell at Serie A.
Torreira, though, impressed with a string of impactful cameos from the bench to help Arsenal secure victories over West Ham United and Cardiff City.
The 22-year-old made his full debut in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over FC Vorskla in the Europa League group stage back in September.
Torreira then made his first start in the Premier League in the north London side’s 2-0 win over high flying Watford at the Emirates Stadium.
It’s no coincidence that Arsenal have scored nine times and conceded one goal in their last three Premier League games with Torreira in the side from the start.
However, Fulham did score to end Arsenal’s run of two successive clean sheets in the Premier League, highlighting that Emery still has work to do with his defence.
Former Manchester City defender Mills believes Torreira can’t be relied upon to protect the Arsenal back four on his own despite his impressive start to his Gunners career.
“I know Torreira is exceptional,” Mills told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I watched him an awful lot during the World Cup and he is an excellent player.
“But can he give the Arsenal defence enough protection on his own? Schurrle got in quite easily for Fulham’s equaliser.”
Arsenal will take on Leicester City in their next Premier League fixture at The Emirates on Monday 22 October after the international break.