Arsenal made a number of signings this summer, but none have been more important than Lucas Torreira.
Torreira was brought to the club for €30m from Sampdoria but was kept under wraps as he adapted to English football.
Despite arriving as an unknown quantity, the 22-year-old has finally been unleashed by Unai Emery and is impressing.
"@LTorreira34 es nuestro Kanté. Un auxilio permanente p/todos, una gran capacidad p/interceptar y molestar al adversario en la gestación de los ataques. Definitivamente titular", dijo @dflatorre. El mediocampista se ganó el puesto en el Arsenal de Emery pic.twitter.com/dKrxtp5CSl
— Fútbol y Pizarrón (@FutbolyPizarron) October 9, 2018
He is currently averaging 1.8 tackles (more than any other player apart from Mattéo Guendouzi) and 1.9 interceptions per 90 minutes (the most of any Arsenal player this season).
Torreira is also affording freedom to the likes of Granit Xhaka and Alex Iwobi who are in rich veins of form, and shielding the back four who have been far too open in recent times.
Premier League clubs spent over €1.3bn in the summer transfer window but you’d be pressed to find money better spent than the 5’5″ Uruguayan.