Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has been heavily linked with a move away from the club just 16 months after arriving in North London. The Uruguay international is said to be unhappy with his role within the squad and there appears to be growing interest from Serie A – the league in which the 23-year-old made his name.
Speaking to Sport890 whilst on international duty, Torreira said: “Now, Arsenal needs me to be focused. I can’t start talking about another team. I need to be focused and when the transfer window arrives we will see what happens.”
His comments appear to have caused some concern amongst these Arsenal supporters.
He’s leaving it’s so obvious.
— Marc (@marcoweezie) November 21, 2019
He’s 100% gone by Summer.
— #Ozil&EmeryOut (@vieira_patrixk) November 21, 2019
Sounds like someone who’s had his heart set on leaving to me
— MaestroHarry ? (@Haharharry_) November 21, 2019
If he leaves, someone’s head has to roll.
— Blacks for Buttigieg (@upickahandle) November 21, 2019
Not convincing that he wants to be here is it?
— Jimmy ?? (@OriginalJimbob) November 21, 2019
Emery must be fired before the rot he has set off within the club becomes terminal. I feel Torriera’s frustration being played out of position in a team devoid of any logical tactical game plan.
— TheHoxtonGooner (@HoxtonGooner77) November 21, 2019
It’s not only him, soon Aubameyang, Lacazette, will leave too. We’re a banter club currently, with no focus of playing the UCL.
— ALIWA (@aliwa_mirugah) November 21, 2019
Every story of player unrest stems from the decisions of one man Emery is single handedly tearing the squad apar If you play Torreria in the No10 role when you have Ozil who can’t even make the bench I think it’s obvious he hasn’t got a clue longer he stays more damage he will do
— Richard Devine (@RichieDevine) November 21, 2019
What do we think?
Torreira’s comments feel like those of a man who is at the very least open to a move away. The player has publicly spoken of his struggles adapting to life in England and now with things seemingly not going the way he would like on the field, it appears his time in London may be coming towards an end.
Arsenal have been desperate for a tenacious, defensive-minded midfield player and in the eye’s of most supporters, they found that in Torreira. However, Emery has opted to play him further forward which has had a negative impact on the player’s performances and that’s certainly the view of these supporters. With the January transfer window fast-approaching, don’t be surprised if the former Sampdoria man is not an Arsenal player come February.