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Interview

'It was that goalscorer's instinct we all have'

Another game, another Lucas Torreira goal.

Our Uruguayan midfielder scored in the north London derby a week ago, and followed it up with the winner against Huddersfield.

So what was his reaction to another matchwinning display?

Lucas, it was a hard-fought win today. How important were the three points?

"When the ball went to the back post, I saw Auba control the ball and got myself into the box because I thought he might put it straight back in," Torreira told Arsenal Player.

"The goalie made it hard for him so Auba hung it up and I was there waiting. It was just the goalscorer’s instinct that all players have – thankfully it came off and the goal meant we won the game.

"I am really happy, really happy. I work really hard throughout the week to make these moments happen at the weekend, because that’s the most important thing.

"These goals help the team to keep winning, keep improving and keep building confidence. We have a fantastic team and a great group and we enjoy playing together.

"The goal is for the fans too – they show up every week and follow us to all the different stadiums. They’re always there so this goal is for them first and foremost."

Player of the month

Torreira is our November Player of the Month

It has been quite some start to the season for Lucas Torreira, and now he's been named as our November Player of the Month!

The Uruguayan midfielder has been in dazzling form ever since joining the club, adding energy and bite to the base of our midfield.

He started November in fine style, impressing with a man-of-the-match performance as we drew 1-1 with Liverpool before coming close to scoring in our draw with Wolves.

The 22-year-old then struck the post and claimed another man-of-the-match award as we won 2-1 away at Bournemouth.


Lucas received 70 per cent of the votes cast, with Bernd Leno and Rob Holding finishing in second and third place respectively.

Quotes

'Torreira wants to be like Aubameyang, Lacazette!'

We were made to wait for the winning goal in our 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday - but our patience was rewarded in style.

Lucas Torreira scored a stunning overhead kick to seal the three points with just seven minutes left on the clock.

Granit Xhaka was asked about the Uruguayan's performance after the match - and this is what he said:

on whether he still believed that they could seal the win…
We have to. I think it was a difficult game and Huddersfield played the whole game one against one, so it was difficult against them and we knew that before. 1-0 and three points is the most important thing for us.
 
on Lucas Torreira’s goal…
I think he wants to be like Auba and Laca! It’s an important goal for him and a great game for all of the team. As I said before, it wasn’t easy.
 
on the busy fixture schedule…
It was a perfect week for us. I think we started away in Bournemouth, after we had Tottenham at home and United away, and again today. Four games and ten points I think is a perfect week for us.
 
on going 21 games unbeaten…
We can still improve and we’re still working a lot. We have a lot of things to improve and do better, but we can be happy. It’s not normal that we are 21 games unbeaten, but we have a good team, a good spirit and this is what’s most important. We will keep going like this.
 
on the importance of patience…
Of course. We keep believing until the end, from the first minute to the 90th minute. It’s not always easy, but we believe a lot and today again we showed good character.

 

Press conference

‘Torreira is very fast in his mind and his feet’

Lucas Torreira has rapidly made himself a firm fans' favourite since his arrival in the summer - and his popularity is now sky high after scoring twice in the past three games.

Unai Emery was delighted with the Uruguayan midfielder after he struck late on as we beat Huddersfield Town on Saturday, and this is what he told the media:

on Lucas Torreira’s goal…
Last week he scored and today he scored again. He has quality and his interpretation of the pitch tactically, and his perception in attacking moments and defensive moments [is very good]. He’s very fast in his mind and his feet too. He can do very good work in defensive moments and, like today and last week, he can also get into the box and score.

on whether he’s exceeded his expectations…
We want to break every expectation with all players. He’s improving and working hard every day with a very big commitment, very good behaviour. He also has the commitment every day to learn English. I meet him every day in the dressing room and the first thing I notice is his commitment, his behaviour, and then he has quality and personality too.

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