Torreira the next Vieira? Arsenal star proud of 'amazing' comparisons

Lucas Torreira Arsenal 2018-19
The Uruguayan midfielder has made an immediate impact in English football and is already being backed to follow in some illustrious footsteps

Lucas Torreira has aired his pride at earning “amazing” comparisons to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.

The Uruguay international midfielder was acquired by the Gunners over the summer in a £26 million ($34m) deal with Sampdoria.

At just 22 years of age, and with Unai Emery looking to ease him into life at Emirates Stadium, it was expected to take some time for the Premier League rookie to settle.

Torreira has, however, slipped seamlessly into the fold and earned rave reviews for his dogged displays in the middle of the park which have sparked suggestions that he is cut from the same cloth as Arsenal icon Vieira.

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The South American told Sky Sports he was humbled by such talk: "If the fans are comparing me and my game to Patrick Vieira, that's amazing. 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 currently on a 14-match unbeaten run, heading into a Europa League clash with Sporting on Thursday, and Torreira is determined to help them end the campaign with a tangible reward for their efforts.

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.

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"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."