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Emery willing to risk Torreira despite one card away from a ban

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Unai Emery claims he would not force Lucas Torreira to play in a certain way against Brighton and Hove Albion in order not to incur a booking that would lead to his suspension against Liverpool.

Arsenal duo Torreira and fellow midfielder Matteo Guendouzi are one booking away from a one-match suspension in the Premier League.

They would miss out of Anfield clash on December 29 if they were to be booked against Brighton, but Emery says the risk will not influence his plans.

“We are going to play the next match in Brighton, and we are going to play full, not considering the option of playing with more precaution,” he said in a quote cited by FourFourTwo.

“It’s the same three points at Brighton as it is at Liverpool, and we are going to play first in Brighton, and it’s a tough match. We need every player with 100 per cent focus to do all on the pitch for the win.”

When asked if Torreira could play in a less combative way, Emery replied: “I don’t know but I don’t want him thinking of the possibility of action for one yellow card. I don’t want to think that.”