Arsenal Boss Unai Emery has dismissed calls for Lucas Torreira to moderate his approach against Brighton and Hove Albion in Arsenal's Boxing Day clash on the south coast.
Already a fan favourite thanks to his committed style of play, Torreira has been compared with Patrick Vieira and hailed as the long-awaited missing piece the club's puzzle in midfield.
Liverpool's job would be made far easier by his absence, which would be forced upon the Gunners if he is booked against Brighton.
Emery rejected the notion that his enforcer should miss out on the Boxing Day clash, or that the player needs to change his approach.
“No, in my country I never did this decision,” he said in his pre-match press conference.
“We are going to play the next match in Brighton and we are going to play at full-strength, not considering other options or playing with precautions.
“It is the same three points that is in Brighton and in Liverpool. We are going to play first in Brighton and it is a tough match.
“It is difficult and we need every player 100% focused to do all they can on the pitch for the win.
“I don't want him to think of the possibility of sanctions for one more yellow card. I don't want him to think about that.
Torreira was signed from Serie A side Sampdoria in the summer and was impressive for his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Arsenal supporters have already created a chant to hail their new hero, to the tune of a song that used to be sung for Vieira.
Torreira ohh, Torreira woaahh…. He comes from Uruguay, he's only five foot five!
Torreira ohh, Torreira woaahh….
In an Instagram post after Arsenal's 3-1 win over Leicester City earlier this season, the Uruguayan responded to the chant and thanked fans for their support.
He has so far made 24 appearances for Arsenal since his arrival, scoring two goals.
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