Lucas Torreira not in Chelsea star N’Golo Kante’s class claims Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva

Lucas Torreira has impressed at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield this season (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are still to find Gilberto Silva’s successor despite the impressive performances of Lucas Torreira this season, according the Gunners Invincible himself.

The Uruguay international was the most expensive of Unai Emery’s five headline summer recruits and has quickly established himself as a key component of his midfield engine room.

Torreira has been taken to the hearts of Arsenal fans on account of his combative and aggressive style, but Gilberto believes he performs a different role to the likes of Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, who he views as the master of the defensive midfield position, along with his fellow Brazilian and Manchester City star 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.

N'Golo Kante wearing the home Chelsea kit

Maurizi Sarri has tinkered with N’Golo Kante’s position this season (Picture: Getty)

‘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.’