Torreira: Emery's been telling me to get forward & attack!

The midfielder has quickly become one of Arsenal's most important players by bringing the tenacity that the Gunners have been missing

Lucas Torreira has attributed his good performances for Arsenal to the Uruguayan fighting spirit he has brought to Emirates Stadium, and the confidence he has felt from coach Unai Emery.

Torreira has been relentless with his work rate since joining the Gunners in the summer from Sampdoria, with his tackling and pressing style impressing in Sunday's north London derby when he also scored in the 4-2 win over Tottenham.

Uruguayans call this tenacity 'garra charua', a phrase used to describe grit and determination surrounding the way that they play football.

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“That is something I carry inside of me. That is my way of playing, and I try to bring that positive energy to the team.” Torreira said of the 'garra charua' spirit.

The midfielder picked the perfect time to score his first goal for Arsenal against rivals Tottenham and, despite being best known for his defensive contributions, Emery has shown faith in his attacking prowess by instructing him to get forward whenever possible.

“I have the confidence of my team-mates and the coach tells me before every game to try to get forward,” Torreira said.

“Obviously when we are out on the pitch we like to create chances to score. In the previous match I had hit the post, going so close. On Sunday I got lucky and I am so happy about that.”

The 22-year-old is likely to be one of the key men in Wednesday's game against Manchester United and Torreira is still expecting a tough test, despite the struggles being encountered by Jose Mourinho’s side this season.

"Now the game against Manchester [United] is coming," Torreira told ESPN. "It will be against a direct rival because Manchester are behind us in the table.

"We have many goals this season. We are playing in several competitions and we are doing it in the best possible way. And the important thing is to continue growing as a team.

"It's true [United are eight points behind] but they are still Manchester United, they are still a very strong team who have a great coach.

"They are going to play at home, with a lot of fans and we know that all the matches in this championship are different and very difficult."