Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has this afternoon provided a brief update on Lucas Torreira’s well-being, after the Uruguayan was surprisingly hooked at half-time of the club’s meeting with Crystal Palace.
Arsenal pegged back
The Gunners visited Selhurst Park a short time ago, for a Premier League London derby clash.
Arsenal headed into proceedings on the back of an upturn in form of late, under the guidance of Mikel Arteta.
After largely-impressing despite defeat to Chelsea two weeks ago, the capital giants had since racked up a pair of consecutive wins, over Manchester United and Leeds.
As such, they no doubt headed into proceedings this afternoon brimming with confidence.
When all was said and done at Selhurst, however, the Gunners were brought back down to earth.
Arsenal did take a deserved lead early in the clash, courtesy of star hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, a much-improved Palace reemerged for the second-half, resulting in the Eagles levelling things up 10 minutes after the interval, through Jordan Ayew’s deflected strike.
Crystal Palace equalise! 👊
Jordan Ayew’s effort deflects off David Luiz and over Bernd Leno…
A huge slice of fortune for the Eagles but they don’t care 🦅 pic.twitter.com/PyLRaIuYoO
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 11, 2020
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was then given his marching orders 20 minutes from time to compound the visitors’ woes, with both sides having eventually been forced to make do with a point.
As outlined above, Arsenal’s key man, Aubameyang, was sent off this afternoon, following a reckless challenge on Crystal Palace’s Max Meyer.
The Gabonese attacker is now set for a 3-match ban, in a major blow to his side’s prospects over the coming weeks.
However, the personnel issues facing the north Londoners on the back of their latest outing do not end there.
As the two teams reemerged following the interval at Selhurst, it became evident that Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira had been withdrawn by Mikel Arteta.
This came as a major surprise, with Torreira having carried his fine recent form into the first-half this afternoon.
As such, speculation immediately began to spread that the South American midfielder had picked up an injury problem.
And this much has since been confirmed by Mikel Arteta.
Speaking in a post-match interview a short time ago, the Arsenal boss revealed that Torreira has picked up ‘a muscle injury’:
‘He’s given us a lot but I had to get him off because he wasn’t feeling good.’
‘It’s a muscle injury. We’ll have to assess it with the doctors tomorrow. We will know more the day after.’
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 11, 2020