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Diminutive Torreira explains why desire and confidence are his biggest strength

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has revealed that ‘confidence’ and ‘desire’ are his biggest strengths.

The diminutive Torreira has emerged as a fans’ favourite at the Emirates since joining from Sampdoria last summer, with the 5ft 6in Uruguayan bringing a tenacity that had previously been lacking from the club’s midfield.

Despite his lack of stature, the 23-year-old has forged a reputation based on grit and combativeness and says it is desire rather height that is his biggest attribute.

“It comes from inside,” Torreira told The Telegraph.

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“From this body. I am the kind of player who gives 100 per cent for every ball. I like to fight for my dreams. I don’t think height is something that impedes players. Think about Leo Messi, for example.

“When you are on the field, the most important thing is your movement, your confidence and your desire to achieve big things.”

Torreira also spoke of the importance of the Europa League final, with Arsenal facing London rivals Chelsea in an all-English affair in Baku on Wednesday night.

Having finished fifth in the Premier League, the final represents the last chance for Unai Emery’s side to secure Champions League football for next season, and they will seal their place in Europe’s premier competition with a victory.

“We were just one point off the top four and that would have changed everything, of course,” Torreira added. “But we do have a fantastic opportunity to get into the Champions League, and also win a cup, because it has to be said that the Europa League is an important competition in itself.

“It’s something that the fans want, it’s something that the teams want, and it would be great if we can get a win, not just because it would mean us playing Champions League football next season, but also because it would give us a chance to win a trophy for the club.”

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