Sokratis Papastaphopoulos has outlined the outstanding traits of Arsenal teammate Lucas Torreira’s ‘crazy’ split personality and even likened the diminutive Uruguayan midfielder to a ‘Transformer’.
Sokratis and Torreira were both purchased by Unai Emery during the summer transfer window and the Greece international centre-half insists that his South American colleague is an invaluable asset to the Gunners’ engine room because he’s tirelessly tenacious in his duties, which is a striking contrast to the cool, calm and collected figure he allegedly is off the turf.
Being a supposedly docile character away from the pitch, the steely 23-year-old seemingly possesses Jekyll and Hyde tendencies as once he’s got the bit firmly between his teeth, there’s simply no plausible strategy or indeed antidote that’s potent enough to subdue his hunger to ruthlessly dictate his domain in the centre of the park.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Sokratis, 30, sang the former UC Sampdoria enforcer’s praises, whilst concisely portraying that Emery’s revolutionary system is beginning to gel cohesively in every department.
“When he is off the pitch, he is so calm but when he is on the pitch, it is like ‘Transformers’, he becomes crazy!” He proclaimed.
“He works very good, he is small but he is strong enough. I like him very much because he gives everything, he tries to defend every time and when we have players who do this work in front of us, it is very important.
“[The defensive unit] is getting better and better every month. It is not just the defence but the whole team: how we work, tactically, in the offence and the defence, we are getting better.”
Arsenal face Watford on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates and the north-Londoners will have to remain vigilant if they’re to swat the Hornets, who are currently flying high in the domestic standings.
With Etienne Capoue and Will Hughes being pivotal protagonists in Javi Gracia’s central midfield regiment, Emery will need to deploy a hardened disruptive tool to agitate the fabrics of the encounter and Torreira, who’s an exceedingly frenetic despot, would undoubtedly scramble the resourceful Watford duo’s telepathic connection.
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