Brad Friedel gives his verdict on Arsenal transfer target and MLS star Facundo Torres | Football


Arsenal have have held talks over a January move for Torres (Picture: Getty)

Brad Friedel believes Arsenal transfer target Facundo Torres has ‘special quality’ and could thrive in the Premier League with the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta is hopeful of strengthening in the January transfer window to help his side maintain their Premier League title challenge in the second-half of the season.

Wide areas are understood to be an area the Arsenal boss wants to reinforce with 22-year-old Torres one player the club are weighing up a move for – with the player’s agent revealing last weeks talks were imminent.

Torres currently plays for MLS side Orlando City – scoring against Arsenal during a pre-season friendly. The Uruguay international joined the club from Penarol in January in a deal worth £7.7million and has scored 13 goals and provided 10 assists in his first year at the club, drawing the attention of the Gunners.

USA legend Friedel, who finished his Premier League career in north London with Tottenham, believes that while Torres would need time to get to grips with the physical demands of English football, he is confident he could help provide an added spark.

‘He’s a star over here with a really good left foot,’ Friedel told on behalf of OLBG.

‘In the final third he holds a special quality in being able to unlock defences, he has very good vision and a decent strike on him.

Premier League legend Brad Friedel

Friedel has been impressed with Arteta’s transfer business to date (Picture: Getty)

‘Some players go to the Premier League and do incredibly well right away and with other players it takes a little time as we all know.

‘The physicality could be a little bit of an issue for him at first in the Premier League, but I think he could get used to it.

‘He’s a good player, I don’t know him personally so I don’t know if he would want to go be a squad player when he’s a star somewhere else.

But it’s also really difficult to turn down Premier League football and if reports are accurate then it would be Premier League football with the team in first position right now. It’ll be an interesting one to watch and to see unfold.

‘Games at the Emirates where Arsenal would be on top of a lot of teams in terms of possession, then he’d be very good. Just because he has that final pass or the final cross and really good link up play.

‘Mikel Arteta’s business recently since going in and revamping the club, he hasn’t got too many wrong, so he obviously see’s something in him if reports are accurate.’

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