Cape Town - Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira says he is honoured to be
compared to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.
The 22-year-old has been impressive in
his first season for the Gunners, putting in some solid displays.
Under new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, the Premier League
club are going from strength to strength, and Torreira is enjoying his time in
The former Pescara and Sampdoria man started Arsenal's last
six Premier League games, having begun the season on the bench.
And ahead of facing Sporting in the Europa League on
Thursday, Torreira told Sky Sports: "If the fans are comparing me and my
game to Patrick Vieira, that's amazing. It makes me very proud, but I need to
grow a bit before I can be as tall as him!
"But he's an amazing player, I remember getting up in
the mornings in Uruguay to watch him. I feel very happy and am looking to help
He added: "I'm trying to improve as a player and do
what's best for the team. Right now, we're doing very well so it's just about
Arsenal are on a 14-match winning streak in all
competitions, with Torreira continuing: "I really hope that we can achieve
some really big goals this season. We are obviously competing in four
competitions, so really it's a case of so far so good."