Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he has been very impressed by Lucas Torreira’s solid form for Arsenal so far this season.
The Uruguay international has been getting used to life at the north London club after having signed for the Gunners from Italian side Sampdoria in the summer transfer window.
Speaking to BT Sport immediately after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool FC, Ferdinand said: “The thing with Torreira is he knows that position.
“They [Arsenal] have brought in many players to play in that position over the years to almost make things tick. But they were all pretenders.
“Torreira is not someone who is going to split a defence with a pass. He’ll play the shorter passes to keep the momentum of the game going.
“He wants to get on the ball so he can make the other plays like Mesut Ozil. He can shield and that’s an important role in a team like this that wants to attack.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Martin Keown added: “We used to use our midfielders as barriers. That’s what Torreira does. He could be the glue for this Arsenal team.”
Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League table after Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Wolves moved them a point ahead of their bitter north London rivals.