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'When Neymar gets the ball it means danger'

Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner battle for possession with Neymar at the World Cup

Lucas Torreira has never faced Neymar - but he knows that "when he gets the ball it means danger".

Our midfield enforcer will come up against the PSG superstar when Uruguay take on Brazil at Emirates Stadium on Friday, and he is looking forward to the challenge.

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"I have never had the chance of playing against him," Torreira told Arsenal Player. "A couple of years ago I played a tournament at Camp Nou with Sampdoria but Neymar didn’t feature. 

"He is a great player and a joy to watch. He has a lot of fun with the ball at his feet, he does marvellous tricks, he entertains the crowd. We will try to play a good game. 

"Brazil will have to be aware of our players and especially our world-class strikers. But we will have to be aware of Neymar. When Neymar gets the ball it means danger.

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"I was very happy when reports said the game against Brazil was going to be here at the Emirates," Torreira added. "I am getting to know this fantastic stadium. 

"The Emirates is great and has a big capacity. My Uruguayan teammates asked me about playing at the ground and I told them my point of view as an Arsenal player. 

"I am looking forward to the game against Brazil. I hope it is good game with a great attendance. I hope the supporters witness an enjoyable show."