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The £26m midfielder, banned by Mikel Arteta, impresses as Arsenal suffer loss

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Arsenal went on to have three straight Premier League defeats as Southampton doomed Mikel Arteta’s south coast side to a 1-0 defeat.

Despite controlling most possession and creating numerous chances, Arsenal failed to beat the Saints, with goalkeeper Fraser Forster putting on one of his best performances of the season, denying the Gunners three huge points.

Indeed, the result was another huge opportunity for Arsenal, with Tottenham losing earlier in the day and Manchester United scraping past Norwich City the top four race took another turn.

To add insult to injury, over 1,000 miles from Southampton in Florence, Arsenal loanee Lucas Torreira impressed again for ACF Fiorentina, with the midfielder scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Venezia.

His fifth of the season, the Unai Emery signs £26m has found his form again in Tuscany this season with Fiorentina, with Torreira playing a key role for La Viola in an incredible season for the Serie A side.

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And how per stats from WhoScoredTorreira has been in fantastic form for Fiorentina this weekend, with the midfielder scoring the only goal of the game and also recording an impressive 97% passing accuracy.

Arsenal could have used Torreira’s qualities against Southampton

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Indeed Arsenal’s lack of depth in central midfield beyond Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey again reared its ugly head against Southampton and for fans a player like Torreira would have been perfect for this weekend’s game.

The Uruguayan midfielder has been exceptional for Fiorentina this season and with the midfielder set to leave Arsenal on Arteta’s orders this summer, the Basque manager appears to have made another transfer decision painfully wrong for the north Londoners.

In other news, the £26m midfielder, banned by Mikel Arteta, impresses as Arsenal suffer loss

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