Unai Emery thinks Lucas Torreira will be available to face Napoli on Thursday, despite coming off at half-time with a minor injury in Monday night’s victory over Watford.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Troy Deeney of Watford talks to Lucas Torreira of Arsenal after being shown a red card for an elbow on the Arsenal player during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on April 15, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND – APRIL 15: Troy Deeney of Watford talks to Lucas Torreira of Arsenal after being shown a red card for an elbow on the Arsenal player during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on April 15, 2019, in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Torreira was involved in an early clash with Watford striker Troy Deeney in the Vicarage Road fixture, with the forward sent off for an elbow in the Uruguayan’s face. After that, the midfielder faced a few more feisty challenges before being withdrawn at half-time.

Unai Emery explained afterwards that the substitution was partly down to the atmosphere of the game, and partly because of a minor injury Torreira had been carrying from the first leg of the Napoli tie. However, the Arsenal head coach thinks the 23-year-old will be available again to travel to Italy for Thursday’s match.

“First I decided to do the change of Lucas Torreira because, after the red card, the atmosphere is against him,” he said. “Also, the doctor said to me in the first half that he has a little pain from Thursday’s game against Napoli and I decided ‘okay, it’s the moment [to take him off]’.

“I think it’s a small injury and he can be ready for Thursday physically.”

Arsenal's Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira (2L) scores the team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, first leg, football match between Arsenal and Napoli at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 11, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP)
Arsenal’s Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira (2L) scores the team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final, first leg, football match between Arsenal and Napoli at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 11, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP)

That’s good news for Arsenal, considering how well Torreira played in the first leg against Napoli. He pressed the Serie A side high up the field and won the ball back in dangerous areas regularly, which is exactly how he ended up scoring the Gunners second goal (given as a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal).

If he can do the same again in Italy and help Arsenal score a vital away goal, the semi-finals and a trip to Spain are sure to follow.

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