Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that midfielder Lucas Torreira was substituted at the halfway mark of the London derby against Crystal Palace because of a muscle injury.
The Uruguay international has been impressive for the Gunners in the midfield over the past month and this was recently acknowledged by the fans as he won the December Player of the Month accolade.
On Saturday, Torreira started his eighth league game on the bounce for the north London giants but he was unable to complete the 90 minutes which has been a regular occasion for him.
It was suspected that an injury had contributed to his half-time substitution which saw Matteo Guendouzi take his place and following the game, Arteta has confirmed the injury concern.
“Matteo was really good when he came on as well, but Lucas has been in good form. He’s given us a lot but I had to get him off because he wasn’t feeling good. It’s a muscle injury. We’ll have to assess it with the doctors tomorrow. We will know more the day after,” he told.
Torreira and Granit Xhaka have formed a solid midfield partnership under the guidance of Arteta and the former’s absence for a few games would definitely prove a blow for the team.
Guendouzi has impressed with his good workrate and ability to advance with the ball but the Frenchman does not quite have the same level of defensive awareness when compared to Torreira.
Arteta has other options in the form of Joe Willock and Daniel Ceballos. The latter missed out on a return to the playing field on Saturday after recovering from a hamstring injury.
The decision was probably influenced by the red card for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang which meant that the Spaniard could not be eased into first-team action after a lengthy absence.
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