Last weekend game saw Atletico Madrid boss substitute Uruguayan international Lucas Torreira at half-time in their Saturday’s La Liga game against Real Betis and it has been explained as a tactical decision but could the development be proving Mikel Arteta right about his decision to drop the former Sampdoria midfielder.

Lucas Torreira joined the North London outfit with great prospects but he did not meet up to expectation, especially under manager Mikel Arteta as he was loaned out to the Spanish la Liga outfit on the summer transfer deadline day.

The Uruguayan international has expressed delight with the move as he hints he is already happy at the club and well settled, adding that he was unable to play well at Arsenal because of some family issues that made him unhappy in London.

However, he might be suffering the same problem already as he is now being substituted in his third game for his new club. There is no way Lucas Torreira would be left out of a game if he was actually doing the right thing or instrumental to the team.

According to Reuters, substituting Lucas Torreira was a tactical decision by manager Diego Simeone and it has been justified by the fact that they ended up with a 2-0 win, scoring the first goal just a minute after the restart.

Lucas Torreira’s performance in the first 45 minutes proved that he struggled in his role and was unable to make convincing passes. Although he completed 80 percent of his passes and won two from his four duels within the 45 minutes.

It is, therefore, safe to state that the removal of Lucas Torreira from the game ensured Atletico Madrid’s win and that has justified Mikel Arteta’s tactical decision for playing Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka ahead of him before he had the move to Spain.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.