The Uruguayan international and Matteo Guendouzi did their best to stem the flow of attacks by Pep Guardiola’s slick outfit but Sergio Aguero’s movement and finishing still saw the Argentine help himself to a hat-trick.
After the game, Torreira tried to emphasise the positives even though the gulf in class between the two sides was clear for all to see.
“It was a very difficult game but we know that Man City are one of the best teams in the country,” he told Arsenal.com.
“They’ve got some great players and they play some great football. That said, we prepared well and at times during the game we were able to stay with them.
“We matched them and we equalised to make it 1-1, but then we were unable to create chances after that. Then, because of how the game went, they got the second goal. That was telling.”
Today’s result sees the Gunners fall three points adrift of fourth-place Chelsea and one behind Manchester United, however, with matches against Sp*rs and the Red Devils coming up next month, Torreira maintains that his teammates should not give up hope of securing a Champions League place.
“We know there’s other teams around us fighting for fourth and it’s going to be an intense battle for the Champions League spots, but there’s a long way to go,” he reflected.
“We’ve got a great group, very united, and I just think we want to try to improve as much as possible.
“Today United have overtaken us. It’s important to turn the page as quickly as possible. This is football, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.
“The most important thing is that we keep trying to improve. There’s a long way to go in the Premier League, so it’s about trying to achieve our objectives in the time remaining.”