The player was impressive in the match
Arsenal completed the signing of midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria on a 5 year deal for a reported fee of £22 million. He was given the number 11 shirt and joined up with the squad on 30th July after post World Cup holidays.
Unai Emery targeted a defensive midfielder ahead of the next season. The lack of a natural screening presence behind Granit Xhaka or Aaron Ramsey has often seemed to unbalance the team in recent seasons.
Gunners prioritized the signing Uruguay International and were in talks with the Italian club for him since before the World Cup in Russia started.
They in fact agreed the fee for him with the Serie A club prior the World Cup, and the deal would have been completed sooner had it not been for the midfielder’s determination to focus solely on the tournament.
The 22 year old impressed for Uruguay during the World Cup and featured in all of their 5 matches. But his campaign came to an end as they were defeated 2-0 by France in the quarter-finals.
The Uruguayan is yet to start for the club this season but has featured in all the 5 fixtures so far. He has impressed in the limited time he got and his effect was vital as the London Outfit won 2-1 against Newcastle United, winning their third consecutive game.
Ian Wright was delighted by Torreira’s performance against the magpies and feels he showed exactly why he should be starting more often.
“I am delighted for Torreira, because he wants to get the ball forward he wants to attack and get players forward that can hep hurt the opposition,” Wright said on BBC’s Match of the Day.
“That’s why I wanted him to play.”