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Torreira started the season impressively for the Gunners, and quickly put himself in the fans’ good graces when he scored against Tottenham in the north London Derby.
But since then, Arsenal’s form has dithered, and his performances haven’t reached the heights of the early part of the campaign.
Torreira was brought into the club to provide stability in the midfielder and is also known for his intercepting and tackling.
But Gunners legend Silva isn’t so sure on Torreira, citing that Kante and Fernandinho are better.
“Arsenal in the last few years have tried to find a player for this position, which is not so easy nowadays because football has changed a lot,” he told talkSPORT.
“I have seen so many clubs play without this holding midfielder.
“At some point, it became not so important but then teams started to realise this player is important to the structure of the defensive part of the team.
“Now we have Kante – but he is out of position. I prefer him to be in the centre. At City, Fernandinho.”
Silva, who was part of Arsenal’s Invincibles campaign in which they won the Premier League without losing a game in 2003/04, believes that the season has been difficult for Uruguayan Torreira.
“Arsenal bought Torreira but the first season is quite hard for him,” he added.
I don’t know if Arsenal have found the player to be the holding midfielder yet.
“I don’t think so, when I see their games compared to the other teams, when you compare to Fernandinho and Kante, I don’t see the same style of players.”
Despite their patchy form, the Gunners sit just one point outside of the top four places in the league and are still in the Europa League.
But Unai Emery’s men look defensively unstable and will need to spend big in the summer if they’re to think about competing for the title next season.