While Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stole the show in Arsenal's thumping 5-1 win over Fulham, one player that caught the fans' attention the most was defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira.
After his impressive performance, fans took to social media and some even compared him to the highly rated Chelsea star N'Golo Kante.
The 22-year-old Uruguayan ran the show for the Gunners throughout the game, which enabled the forwards to find more freedom to go on and bag goals for fun. Against Fulham, Torreira made six interceptions, only one less than the whole Arsenal team combined in 90 minutes.
After the game, coach Unai Emery specifically pointed out Torreira's performance as he said, "He’s very young, it's his first season here at this level but he was playing in Italy which is a very hard competition also. He is playing also with his national team, against big teams. He is playing today in the middle, then right in the 4-4-2 and his performance is the same."
Arsenal fans on social media had a lot more to say. Here's how they reacted:
Torreira is better than Ngolo Kante. We done here.— P.K.O© (@PKOloo) October 7, 2018
Lucas Torreira. The Janitor. Mopping everything up.— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) October 7, 2018
Arsenal been crying out for a player like him for years.
Torreira is everything kanté was last season so why nobody dey talk?— KwekuJam (@eddtheproblem) October 7, 2018
Torreira is kantè with a better technique.His tactical discipline and positional awareness is absolutely top class. Sweeps everything in front of the back 4 holds the ball and chooses the right moments to release it. Also takes pressure off team mates. Genuinely top class #FULARS— Festus GH (@animahfestus) October 7, 2018
Torreira the white kante— bAkAtsInE (@_lukmanB) October 7, 2018
We hyped Torreira up during the summer & boy has he more than lived up to the expectations.— The Arsenal (@DareToWenger) October 7, 2018
Torreira can you stop running please, it’s the 89 min you can have a rest mate lol— Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) October 7, 2018
Torreira is the new Kante in the EPL. Tough guy in the midfield.— Kevin Majoni (@KevinMajoni) October 7, 2018
Lucas Torreira is to this Arsenal team what Kantè was to Leicester.— Arjun (@_arjunsen) October 7, 2018
Torreira is not just class, he's the whole school— Abimbola (@Bimzee_) October 7, 2018
The boy is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Torreira best than Kante! watch this kid!!! https://t.co/52yFNpu1gG— MwaniA PhatJAY SlakS🇰🇪 (@mwania_josphat) October 7, 2018
Torreira is truly South American Kante. Running the full length of this pitch like a beast of burden #FULARS— Lucas Xavier (@max_audius) October 7, 2018
Arsenal without Lucas Torreira on the pitch this season:— AFC (@aloe_vjera) October 7, 2018
9 goals scored
10 goals conceded
Arsenal with Lucas Torreira on the pitch this season:
20 goals scored
3 goals conceded
This is incredible
Lucas Torreira. Told y'all. We all did.— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) October 7, 2018
Lucas Torreira was quietly fantastic again today. Tons of interceptions & tackles, great positioning & awareness.— James (@IondonsGreatest) October 7, 2018
🔴⚪ Lucas Torreira (22) vs Fulham:— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) October 7, 2018
8 ball recoveries
4 fouls won
2/3 long balls
1/1 aerial duel
Kicked a lot; carried on. This was his best Arsenal performance as a starter. pic.twitter.com/8CvoQT3xKu
Waking up and remembering that we won 5-1 away yesterday when we couldn’t win away at all last season. We have TWO of the best strikers in the premier league. Nine wins in a row and we’re only TWO points behind the leaders. And Lucas Torreira, our best signing for years! Happy!!— Lucy ⚪️🔴 (@trustytorreira) October 8, 2018
Lucas Torreira is a better player than Pogba and Matic this season— Sampha🇸🇱 (@Captainofthe232) October 8, 2018
argue with your coach☺️
Lucas Torreira is a pleasure to watch. He keeps everything simple, and is so quick to spot danger, recover possession and give the ball first time. He’s everything we’ve been missing for the last decade. #FULARS #afc— Adam Keys (@_AdamKeys) October 7, 2018
Torreira has an absolutely titanic energy in the middle of the field, it's impressive. He runs in all directions for 75 minutes, is tackled constantly by the midfield of Fulham but continues to cover the midfielder quite masterfully, Congratulations ! #FULARS— . (@_orafc) October 7, 2018
With their thumping win over Fulham, Unai Emery's Arsenal have now won six out of their eight Premier League games and are fourth on the Premier League table, ahead of Tottenham on goal difference.
Arsenal face Leicester City when the Premier League returns after the international break.