Wenger was unable to find a perfect midfield partnership, like the one that existed between Gilberto and Vieira, before he left the club last season.
Has Unai Emery finally found the perfect partnership?
The search for perfect defensive midfield’s partnership continues even after Wenger resigned from his position as the Gunners boss last season.
Unai Emery began his quest for a strong defensive setup as he bought four defend-minded players during the summer transfer market.
Matteo Guendouzi was tried alongside Granit Xhaka in the first five matches of the season but the two midfielders didn’t connect quite well, though, the French youngster was awesome.
Having seen how Xhaka struggled to get into games while playing alongside Guendouzi in the first half of all the games played so far, Unai Emery introduced Lucas Torreira in the second half against Newcastle.
Torreira’s partnership with Xhaka at the middle of the pitch was closer to that of Gilberto Silva and Patrick Viera’s formidable partnership.
Xhaka was confident while joining the attack, knowing there is a capable man covering for him. The Swiss was able to express himself the ball throughout the second half of the clash against Newcastle.
Unsurprisingly, Torreira display was as brilliant as the four matches he’s played with the team prior to the Newcastle game.
With the great understanding shown by both players at the St James Park on Saturday, Matteo Guendouzi could be forced to sit on the bench in their next League game as he will need to give space for Lucas Torreira, who deserves a place in the team’s starting XI