Arsenal started off their Europa League campaign in a successful fashion as they dispatched Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava 4-2 at the Emirates. Summer signing Lucas Torreira was handed his first start by manager Unai Emery and he certainly impressed putting in a fine display.
The Uruguayan was his usual combative self in center midfield, breaking down most of Vorskla’s attacks. The midfielder who won the ball back for his side several times throughout the ninety minutes, produced one especially brave piece of defending.
When Torriera went down after trying in vain to win the ball back, he attempted to tackle the ball from a Vorskla player with his head, while lying on the ground.
As a result,the 22-year-old has gained a lot of plaudits from Arsenal fans as well as neutrals for putting his body on the line. However, the reaction to Torreira’s attempted tackle didn’t sit well with United fans who remembered that when Phil Jones pulled off something similar in the penalty box a couple of seasons ago against Arsenal, he was mocked for it instead of being labelled a hero.
Check out this United fan’s reaction to Torreira’s tackle below:
Remember when Phil Jones did this and prevented an actual goal and he was mocked by everyone? Yeah I do. https://t.co/LiX3y6IU1G
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) September 20, 2018
Torreira tried to challenge with his head and Arsenal fans hail him.
Phil Jones did it and y’all dragged him to the sun and back lol
— Rorschach II (@MR_RAGER91) September 20, 2018
You could argue that the United fans have a point as Phil Jones’ tackle against Arsenal was no less braver and certainly counted for more since it happened inside the penalty box.
Check out Phil Jones’ tackle against Arsenal below:
However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the desire showed by Torreira on his first start was something to applaud. If the midfielder continues to show similar commitment going forward, there is no doubt that he will soon become a fan- favourite at the Emirates.