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Unia Emery have confirmed his new acquisition Lucas Torreira will have his first start in the Premier League against Chelsea on Saturday.
The Gunners lost their opening League game to Manchester City at the Emirate Stadium and Emery is looking for his first win in the Premier League since taking over from Arsene Wenger this summer.
Torreira joined from Sampdoria shortly after the World Cup but was given an extended break following his involvement in Russia and he enjoyed a holiday with his friends and family in South America.
Emery told Arsenal.com:
“Yes, he is okay every day and is training good. He is now with the team and knowing and learning English conversation with us and can understand all the things we want to do tactically on the pitch.
“He is okay, the first match against City he played 15 to 20 minutes and I think this is good, I want to continue with him improving and to be okay to play.”
The boss continued:
“We can speak about the No 6, the No 8 and the No 10 [roles]. Torreira today is a six, eight. Normally every player has two positions – Torreira is six, eight. Maybe also Elneny is six and eight. Xhaka maybe also six, eight. Matteo [Guendouzi] maybe six, eight or eight, six.
“Maybe another player, a more attacking player like Aaron Ramsey, he is more of an eight, 10 – but this possibility to play with two or three midfielders, it depends on each match whether to change or not and the demand in each match. Whether we can do one midfielder more either more attacking or more defensive, it depends.”
The Uruguayan international made an impressive 20-minute cameo appearance off the bench against City and has continued to work on his fitness in training this week.
Hopefully, fans can see him get a full game against Chelsea today.
The Gunners currently have defensive problems with Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles out injured
However, Emery is hopeful that Nacho Monreal can open his campaign for the season against the Blues, following his first training session back at London Colney on Saturday from a knee injury.
Who is out for Chelsea
Cess Fabregas is recovering from a knee injury while Gary Cahill is still working his way back to match fitness following the World Cup – both are doubts for the weekend.
Midfielder Marco van Ginkel will be out for around eight months after having knee surgery this summer.