Arsenal midfielder set for Italy move as Mikel Arteta makes transfer decision


Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has been told that he’s not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans for the coming season, football.london understands.

Torreira joined the Gunners in 2018 and quickly made himself popular among the supporters with man-of-the-match performances against Liverpool and Tottenham, scoring an iconic goal in a famous north London derby win.

He was loaned out to Atletico Madrid last season, making 26 appearances across all competitions and winning the La Liga title with Diego Simeone’s side.

Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentancur has spoken publicly about Torreira wanting to return to Italy, but football.london has learned that the midfielder had earlier expressed his desire to compete for a place in the Arsenal midfield – but was informed that he is not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans for the new season.


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Roma and Lazio are both interested in signing the former Sampdoria man on loan, although a decision has not yet been made on which club he will join.

The 25-year-old previously admitted his frustrations at the Emirates Stadium resulted in him seeing a psychologist in the Spanish capital.

“A year ago I had been working with a psychologist in Spain because when in the second year at Arsenal I played very little,” Torreira told the Metro.

“It was hard for me to really assimilate it because my life depends on football and when I don’t play I have a very bad time, I am in a very bad mood and many things happen. That’s why I started with him and he was giving me a hand with that topic.

He also opened up about the tragic loss of his mother, who sadly passed away last year after contracting Covid-19.

“When my mother’s thing happened, I wanted to stop playing soccer,” he said.

“I wanted to stay in Fray Bentos with my family. I had very little desire to go back to Spain because I had to stay alone there.

“Luckily one of my brothers left with me, but I wanted to be here, with my father, because he was the one who was suffering the most and the one who was hurt the most by this whole situation.

“He was always with my mother, they went everywhere together and today seeing him alone is a very hard blow that we find difficult to assimilate.

“And we try to be with him, to help him, accompany him and also hold him so that he does not fall.

“Because now we have to continue, for us, for him and because the most important reason to continue living is always going to be our mother.”

The transfer window is in full swing and things are beginning to ramp up with Edu and Mikel Arteta’s dealings at the Emirates.

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Arteta will be without Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny in January when the duo head off to the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Gunners are expected to offload several players before the August 31 transfer deadline.





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