Paul Merson Ask Unai Emery To AXE Lucas Torreira And Sign Abdoulaye Doucoure

Unai Emery To AXE Lucas Torreira And Sign Abdoulaye Doucoure

Arsenal’s hero Paul Merson has asked the club to sign Watford star Abdoulaye Doucoure and axe Lucas Torreira.

Emery’s summer signing Lucas Torreira has been a shining light for Arsenal this time out.

The Uruguay international's grit and determination has been welcomed by Arsenal fans.

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Merson argues that Torreira is overrated, claiming Watford's Doucoure would be the perfect midfielder for Arsenal.

“Arsenal are now showing their true colours. Until they sort out the defence, they won't be able to achieve anything,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Unai Emery will need a few windows to sort it out but the players they've purchased haven't been great. Everyone was raving about Lucas Torreira, but he's not that good.

“I said this a few months ago and everyone kicked up a stink. He only looks good as he's what Arsenal have needed for a long time, someone to run around and put their foot in.

“But, if you put him up for sale tomorrow then none of the top five clubs in the Premier League would be interested.

“They should sign Abdoulaye Doucoure at Watford – he'd walk into the team. I'd take him tomorrow morning. He's a much better player than Torreira and he scores goals.

“He's one of the most under-rated players in the Premier League – he could play for any of the top six.

“It seems no-one pays attention to him because he plays for Watford and fans will say, ‘Why are we buying him, he's at Watford?' – but he's a proper player.

“Is there any way back for Mesut Ozil? You'll have to ask him. Arsenal won't be able to buy anyone until they can get him off the books.”

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The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Watford this season, with PSG said to be tracking the midfielder.

Doucoure has impressed this time out, scoring three goals and chipping in with five assists.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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