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The 22-year-old was steadily eased in by Unai Emery upon initially joining Arsenal from Sampdoria in the summer but has grown into a crucial player for the Spaniard and his new-look team.

The Uruguayan international’s impact was on full display in Arsenal’s battling 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League last weekend, with Torreira named man of the match for a tenacious performance.

Torreira is growing into a fans’ favourite in north London with supporters already adapting an old chant sung for Vieira to the classic ‘That’s Amore’ tune about the diminutive midfielder.

Vieira is one of Arsenal’s greatest ever players with the former captain having been a pivotal part of the iconic Arsene Wenger teams that won three titles under the Frenchman between 1998 and 2004.

But Torreira joked that he cannot compare himself to the former France midfielder because he is almost a full foot shorter than Vieira as he revealed how satisfied he is with life in north London.

“If the fans are comparing me and my game to Patrick Vieira, that’s amazing,” Torreira told Sky Sports

“It makes me very proud but I need to grow a bit before I can be as tall as him!

“But he’s an amazing player, I remember getting up in the mornings in Uruguay to watch him. 

“I feel very happy and am looking to help the team. I’m trying to improve as a player and do what’s best for the team. 

“Right now we’re doing very well so it’s just about doing that.”

Arsenal are 15 games unbeaten in all competitions after Emery’s charges drew 0-0 with Sporting Lisbon last night to secure their place in the knockout stages.

And Torreira is confident the club can enjoy a successful season – insisting Champions League qualification must be the aim, be it via a top-four finish or through winning the Europa League.

He added: ”I really hope that we can achieve some really big goals this season.

“We are obviously competing in four competitions, so really it’s a case of so far so good.

“We’ve had a very good run so far, that has taken a lot of hard work but the team is working hard and improving with each game.

“Personally, I think a good objective for us would be to try and qualify for the Champions League, that would be fantastic for the club and the fans.

“We also want to fight until the end in the Premier League, the Europa League, Carabao Cup and when the FA Cup starts too.”

Torreira will hope to maintain his and Arsenal’s form as a whole when they face Wolves on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium (4.30pm).



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