Torreira was one of Emery’s first signings at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery named Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira as his two most improved Arsenal players this season.
Both midfielders arrived in the summer and were part of Emery’s initial squad overhaul when the Spaniard took over from Arsene Wenger.
Torreira in particular has been a big hit with the Arsenal fans, but Emery praised Guendouzi alongside the Uruguayan.
‘I take a lot of satisfaction from players progressing individually and the improvement of their statistics,’ Emery told Sky Sports.
‘I think there are a lot of players who have made progress this season. There’s Matteo Guendouzi.
‘There’s Lucas Torreira. There’s also the statistics of the goalscorers together – Laca (Alexandre Lacazette) as much as Auba (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang).
‘They are both scoring an important number of goals.’
Emery plucked Guendouzi from Ligue 1 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have struggled for consistency this season, but Emery has improved on Arsene Wenger’s points tally of last season.
While supporters might be hoping for a big summer if transfer, Emery moved to play down expectations ahead of the coming window.
‘There could be a lot of movement in terms of signings and departures or there could be a little, but first of all I believe there is a good base for the team already here,’ he said.
(Picture: Getty)‘We are here today with the opportunity to achieve our objectives in both the Premier League and the Europa League, albeit knowing that it is going to be difficult – just as it has been since the start.
‘I want us to be more defensively solid, of course, and we know we need to work on certain things, but the team has made progress.
‘A season can help you to improve, to understand everything better and to continue with your process, and I believe that’s where the club is now.
‘We all want immediate results, but sometimes it requires patience.’