GILBERTO SILVA does not believe Lucas Torreira is the holding midfielder Arsenal have been crying out for. The Gunners legend, 42, left the club in 2008 and has never truly been replaced. Many Arsenal fans and pundits reckon Torreira is the man to be the

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GILBERTO SILVA does not believe Lucas Torreira is the holding midfielder Arsenal have been crying out for.

The Gunners legend, 42, left the club in 2008 and has never truly been replaced.

 According to Gilberto Silva, Lucas Torreira is not the player Arsenal are desperately in need of contrary to popular belief
 Silva became an Arsenal legend after bossing the midfield during his six years at the club

Many Arsenal fans and pundits reckon Torreira is the man to be the terrier in midfield at the Emirates for years to come.

Silva, though, does not think he compares with the likes of Premier League winners N'Golo Kante and Fernandinho.

He told talkSPORT: "Arsenal in the last few years have tried to find a player for this position, which is not so easy nowadays because football has changed a lot.

"I have seen so many clubs play without this holding midfielder. At some point, it became not so important but then teams started to realise this player is important to the structure of the defensive part of the team.

 Silva reckons Chelsea's N'Golo Kante and Fernandinho at Manchester City are better holding midfielders

"Now we have Kante - but he is out of position. I prefer him to be in the centre. At City, Fernandinho.

"Arsenal bought Torreira but the first season is quite hard for him. I don't know if Arsenal have found the player to be the holding midfielder yet.

"I don't think so, when I see their games compared to the other teams, when you compare to Fernandinho and Kante, I don't see the same style of players."

Silva was a crucial member of Arsene Wenger's teams between his arrival from Atletico Mineiro in 2002 and when he left the club for Panathinaikos six years later.

 The Brazilian made 170 Premier League appearances for the Gunners between 2002 and 2008
Lucas Torreira scores a stunning overhead kick winner against Huddersfield

He scored 17 goals in his 170 Premier League appearances but it was his ability to break up oppositions' attacks and win the ball back that has been so sorely missed ever since.

Torreira, 23, signed last summer for £27million and has featured in all 26 league games this season.

His tenacity and energy has made him a fan favourite at the Emirates but Silva is cautious not to get carried away too quickly.

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Gilberto Silva says Torreira is not the holding midfielder Arsenal have been looking for

Bamba’s wife’s hilarious response after Cardiff ace’s joke about fan hugging harder than she ever did following dramatic Saints win

SOL BAMBA has gone from hero to zero after getting himself in the doghouse following Cardiff's win over Southampton.

The Ivorian defender, 34, stabbed home the Bluebirds' opener and raced straight to the away end - hugging the first fan to reach him.

 Sol Bamba ended up breaking Noah Bushby's glasses and annoying his wife Chloe while celebrating against Southampton

Noah Bushby was the lucky man and tweeted Bamba after the game insisting it was worth breaking his glasses to celebrate with the popular ace.

Bamba replied: "Sorry for your glasses big man, you hugged me way harder than my wife ever did!"

His tweet went down a storm, until wife Chloe got involved, tweeting: "WTAF. Just u wait".

Cardiff fans are well aware that Bamba's better half is known for having a laugh on Twitter, with the celebrations of last season's promotion a particular highlight.

 Sol Bamba is a fan favourite at Cardiff after helping them get promoted and is playing  his part in the relegation fight too
 Sol Bamba's wife Chloe loves to have a laugh with fans on social media

But just to be sure, the centre-back said he was sorry as he headed home from a crucial win.

Victory saw Cardiff move above Southampton and out of the relegation zone as Kenneth Zohore scored a dramatic injury-time winner.

 Noah Bushby shows off his broken glasses after win at Southampton
 Chloe Bamba joked her hubby was in trouble when he got home
 Sol and Chloe Bamba have been enjoying life since he joined Cardiff on a free
Southampton 1-2 Cardiff: Kenneth Zohore scores the winner in emotional match at St Mary's

The Danish striker - who has looked sharp in recent games off the bench - roared "I'm back" after his strike.

And Bluebirds fans will hope he is right as an in-form Zohore could be the difference between relegation and staying up.

CEO Ken Choo has already promised to buy Bushby a new pair of glasses in a move that was applauded by supporters.

 

 

Fellaini reveals he snubbed PSG last summer to stay at Man Utd before China move in January

MANCHESTER UNITED could have been facing their former player Marouane Fellaini in the Champions League this week – if a proposed move to PSG had gone through last summer.

That’s according to the Belgian midfielder, who revealed he could have signed for the Ligue 1 giants in an interview for French TV.

 Marouane Fellaini says he could have moved to Ligue 1 champions PSG in 2018

Fellaini was persuaded to stay and sign a new contract at Old Trafford, only to move to Chinese club Shandong Luneng Taishan in January for an undisclosed fee.

He told French broadcaster Telefoot this week that the move to paris could have happened – and that he would have welcomed it.

In a quiz-style interview where he could only answer questions with a yes or no, the 31-year-old was asked ‘could you have signed for PSG last summer?’, and answered: “Yes.”

When asked ‘would you have liked to play for PSG?’, he also responded in the affirmative.

 Fellaini won the Europa League with United in 2017

To the question, ‘was it Thomas Tuchel who did not wanty ou to come?’, Fellaini answered: “No.”

Jose Mourinho was thought to be instrumental in the Belgian’s decision to remain at United after both the French side and AC Milan showed interest in buying him.

But after the Portuguese was sacked in December, Fellaini fell out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was given just three minutes of Premier League game time under the interim boss.

Speaking about his departure from United, the player said: "I think it was the right time to leave.

 Fellaini had five and a half seasons at Old Trafford, winning four trophies

"It's been ten and a half years since I came to England. I've had some great seasons. I wanted a new challenge and a new adventure and the time had come."

Fellaini also told interviewers that he backed his old club to come out on top of their Champions League round of 16 tie with PSG.

He said: “With the confidence they have at the moment, and how they play, I think United are favourites.

“PSG have great players but they have two or three players injured. I think Manchester United have the advantage.”

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