‘Torreira isn’t that good – Arsenal should sign Doucoure!’

first_imgLucas Torreira has earned rave reviews at Arsenal, but Paul Merson says the Uruguay midfielder is “not that good” and Unai Emery should be looking at Watford star Abdoulaye Doucoure.The Gunners invested £26 million ($34m) in the highly-rated Torreira in the summer of 2018.AdChoices广告They were buying into ability for the present and potential for the future and were careful to ease the 22-year-old into Premier League life. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He is considered by many to have flourished during his short time in England , making 29 appearances and scoring two goals.Merson, though, believes the South American is merely adding energy and bite to the Arsenal side and would not be sought-after by other leading sides if he were to be made available.The ex-Gunners star told Sky Sports : “Arsenal are now showing their true colours. Until they sort out the defence, they won’t be able to achieve anything.“Unai Emery will need a few windows to sort it out but the players they’ve purchased haven’t been great.“Everyone was raving about Lucas Torreira, but he’s not that good.“I said this a few months ago and everyone kicked up a stink. He only looks good as he’s what Arsenal have needed for a long time, someone to run around and put their foot in.“But, if you put him up for sale tomorrow then none of the top five clubs in the Premier League would be interested.”Abdoulaye Doucoure Watford 2018With that rather scathing assessment in mind, Merson believes Arsenal should be among those considering a raid on Watford for a French midfielder who has already been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.He added: “They should sign Abdoulaye Doucoure at Watford – he’d walk into the team.“I’d take him tomorrow morning. He’s a much better player than Torreira and he scores goals.“He’s one of the most under-rated players in the Premier League – he could play for any of the top six.“It seems no-one pays attention to him because he plays for Watford and fans will say, ‘Why are we buying him, he’s at Watford?’ – but he’s a proper player.”Merson added on the speculation which continues to surround another midfielder in north London: “Is there any way back for Mesut Ozil? You’ll have to ask him.“Arsenal won’t be able to buy anyone until they can get him off the books.”last_img read more

Latest On The Status Of Michigan Star Chase Winovich

first_imgmichigan star chase winovich celebrates a win over wisconsinANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field celebrating a 38-13 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Chase Winovich and his injury status are one of the biggest storylines heading into kickoff at Ohio State-Michigan this afternoon. Here’s the latest on the status of the Wolverines’ star defensive player.Michigan’s star senior was injured during last week’s victory, though Jim Harbaugh said things were looking promising for Winovich moving forward.Winovich has been questionable for the Ohio State game all week, with details surrounding his status being pretty scarce.The Michigan star defender has been hinting at his status on social media, though.Winovich posted the following image on his Instagram account last night:Take this for what you will, but Chase Winovich has this in his Instagram story pic.twitter.com/SfHHW2UTfU— Maize n Brew (@MaizenBrew) November 24, 2018That’s certainly interesting.Winovich’s teammates believe he’ll be on the field with them come kickoff, too.Michigan’s star quarterback, Shea Patterson, told reporters earlier in the week that he thought Winovich would play against Ohio State.“You’d have to kill him to take him out,” Patterson said. “I’m not sure on the progress yet, but he’s a tough guy.“I’ve talked to him. He says he’s feeling better. I’d assume he’d play but you never know the severity of it. Knowing him, I think he’ll play.”We’ll likely get a final update on Winovich and his playing status sometime before kickoff.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.last_img read more