Arsenal Coach Confronted Player On The Pitch After Costly Mistake Against Chelsea

By on August 21, 2018

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Arsenal assistant head coach Juan Carlos Carcedo confronted Lucas Torreira on the pitch after the final whistle to discuss his role in Chelsea’s winning goal on Saturday, according to Football London.

Torreira joined Arsenal in a £27m deal from Sampdoria in June and he was expected to be the solution to their defensive midfield problems as the north Londoners have lacked a protective presence in front of the defence for several years.

However, the Uruguayan international has been eased in to action by Unai Emery as he was a late substitute during the opening weekend defeat to Manchester City before being named on the bench once again for the trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

Arsenal looked wide open at times during an entertaining opening forty-five minutes that saw the Gunners carved open on several occasions as Chelsea raced in to a 2-0 lead before Emery’s side clawed their way back to 2-2 at half-time.

Torreira replaced Granit Xhaka at the break and he was enjoying a solid game until he switched off in the 81st minute to allow Marcos Alonso to run in behind and score what turned out to be the winning goal during Chelsea’s 3-2 win.

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Nacho Monreal pointed out his error but it wasn’t long before Emery’s head assistant, Juan Carlos Carcedo, also gave Torreira a piece of his mind as Football London claim he confronted the midfielder on the pitch shortly after the final whistle.

The report says an angry Carcedo talked with Torreira for over a minute explaining where he went wrong during the goal while the rest of the players were making their way over to the away fans to thank them.

It’s certainly a shift in dynamic at Arsenal as you couldn’t imagine a similar situation happening under Arsene Wenger’s watch as the Frenchman would no doubt have preferred to discuss the issue in the changing room behind closed doors.

However, its a sign of the new intensity that Emery and his coaching team have brought with them to north London this summer and the Arsenal players will have to get used to the new way of working fast. Emery is clearly taking no prisoners as he’s already shown his ruthless streak after axing Aaron Ramsey for the Chelsea game before hooking both Xhaka and Mesut Ozil following their poor displays at the Bridge.

As for Torreira, the South American is a huge talent but he’s been used to playing in Serie A where players are afforded more time on the ball so he’s going to need time to adjust to the past paced life in the Premier League.

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