The end of the season is a time for recollection and review.
We look back on the successes and failures of the campaign in order to strengthen our bid for the next season.
When doing this, our squad’s respective marks for the season go up a notch or two when looking back specifically at the games helmed by Mikel Arteta.
The Spaniard squeezed plenty out of a bunch of players who looked ill at ease under Unai Emery.
One such player who fits the latter part of the above is Lucas Torreira.
The Uruguayan was played plenty by Emery, but in a position that didn’t play to the diminutive midfielder’s strengths. Torreira was pushed further upfield by Emery and was used as an attacking asset. Much like when Maurizio Sarri pushed N’Golo Kante further forward at Chelsea.
Torreira had lots of minutes but his effectiveness was muted.
Since Arteta took over, Torreira hasn’t had much opportunity to show what he can do. This is down to a nasty injury that put him out of action for a few months – and the form of Dani Ceballos.
The on-loan midfielder struck up a fruitful partnership with Granit Xhaka that gave us cover at the back and plenty of transitional power going forward. It left Torreira on the bench primarily, but he has had opportunities under Arteta.
Our new boss seems to favour a more attacking midfield, as Torreira continued to languish on the bench even when fit.
This has inevitably led to a horde of links back to Serie A, a plausible escape route for the South American. There are also rumours of unhappiness in London and wanting a return to Italy.
With Ceballos still not tied down for next season however, and Joe Willock not quite ready to be part of an established partnership in the heart of midfield, letting go of such a force could be a disaster for Arsenal.
Of course, if Arsenal manage to snare Thomas Partey from Atletico then Torreira will very much be surplus to requirements, a lavish sub when we should be using youth in a role where 15-20 starts would be the norm.
We would command a very strong fee for Torreira as he is still a valuable commodity, but Torreira showed in his first season the value he can bring on the pitch.
It leaves us in a precarious position.
What would you do if you were Arteta?