The midfielder is yet to start a game
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 any match this season as he has come off the bench in each of four Premier League games this season. Granit Xhaka has been preferred ahead of him but he has looked impressive whenever he has featured.
Emery has revealed what Torreira has to do to be named in the Starting XI.
“He’s improving,” said the Spaniard as quoted by Mirror. “He is getting to know his teammates.
“For me, all the minutes he is playing is important for his performance. He needs to continue working.
“But it’s very important for me to think about others players, Matteo has started well and Xhaka is very important. We need good players. Lucas is like that.”