Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta criticised for treatment of Lucas Torreira

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been criticised for not starting Lucas Torreira in the 0-0 draw at Burnley.

Torreira had started Arteta’s first six Premier League games in charge but Matteo Guendouzi was preferred for the trip to Turf Moor.

The Uruguay international did come on at half time for the injured Bukayo Saka but former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell said leaving him out from the start made no sense.

 While Arteta has helped shore things up at the back since replacing Unai Emery, they are suffering at the other end and have won just one league game.

Appearing on this week’s edition of AFTV’s The Kevin Campbell Show, Campbell shouted down claims Torreira was left out for his lack of height against a physical Burnley said.

“Where was Torreira?” Campbell said.

“If you believe in your players, play them. There’s enough big lumps at the back to be able to go and head the ball. There’s only one ball, go and head it.

“That’s what you’ve got centre-halves for, that’s what the likes of Granit Xhaka is in the team for, to be able to go up and challenge aerially, everyone’s not going to be big, we know that.

“Look, for me, these moves don’t make sense, to leave him out and put him on the bench and then bring him on in the second half. Why?

“There’s going to be more pressure in the second half with them putting balls in the box.”

The Gunners’ chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League now look over but they could still qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.

Arteta’s team take on Greek side Olympiakos in the last-32 of the competition.

It remains to be seen whether the Spaniard puts all his eggs into that basket as the season progresses, however.

Another problem overshadowing the club at the moment is the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the striker’s contract running down.

Campbell says if Aubameyang will not extend his stay at the club then he must be sold in the summer.

“My thoughts are Arsenal can’t afford to be in a difficult situation, sticky situation, having a player run his contract down anymore,” he added.

“I think it’s got to be put on the table to Aubameyang and I’m sure, if they’re in their right mind, they’ve been negotiating.

“So it’s going to come to the summer, it’s going to come to a head in the summer.

“If Aubameyang isn’t going to sign, they’re going to have to sell him.”

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