Arsenal’s forgotten man seeks to demand regular playing time next season

Lucas Torreira is a name you don’t hear very often at present, but the Arsenal loanee is seeking assurances on first-team football ahead of the new season.

The midfielder joined Atletico Madrid on loan back in October, but has been given the nod to start only three La Liga matches so far this season.

There can be little argument when you consider Diego Simeone’s side currently hold onto top spot in the division with four and six points on their main rivals with only 10 matches remaining, but you can’t help but feel bad for Torreira.

The 25 year-old previously talked up a dream of playing for this side, but has been used sparingly, and is now rightly considering where his future will lie.

The Athletic has learned that Lucas is willing to return to Arsenal in the summer, but only if he receives assurances on his playing time.

Dani Ceballos is only at the club on loan at present, while Granit Xhaka has made numerous mistakes which surely make his place up for debate, and I don’t see why Torreira shouldn’t be given the chance to earn a place in the team.

I believe his initial stint in London failed because of issues settling, but if he is willing to come back then you would believe he would be coming with a fresh attitude and state of mind, and his ability was never really questioned.

Should Torreira get another chance to play under Mikel Arteta? Would he be a better partner for Partey in the middle of the park?


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  1. Elvis says:

    Sure… If Partey plays, Torreira will thrive alongside him…

    He’s quick on the ball, releases the ball quickly which speed up attacks (unlike Xhaka who caresses the ball with his foot for a while until he finds a safe teammate to pass to)…

    He also has good acceleration & speed off the ball & contributes defensively too…

    I think his only setback is pass-range…

    1. jon fox says:

      Plus height and size range. Or to be more accurate, lack of both! FACE FACTS, HE IS NEVER COMING BACK PERMANENTLY!

      1. Pirate Dandy says:

        Judging a midfielder on height is like judging the quality of a car on the shape of its infotainment knobs.

  2. Silentstan says:

    You don’t get to demand playing time, you earn it. 🤡

  3. pires says:

    Hope he get a chance as he’s a good player….Same as Guendouzi….

    1. pires says:

      Sven Mislisnat was right….We canot afford to lose players kike Lucas ans Matteo as we dont have better players….

      1. pires says:

        Like ….sorry

        1. SueP says:

          As Mislintat signed them I guess he saw something in them that was vital

  4. Sue says:

    OT.. 3 excellent goals from the women… fantastic result against the spuds!!

    1. Declan says:

      I watched it too Sue, great goals and a great result. Nearly got caught playing out from the back in the second half but our goalie made some great saves to deny them.

      1. Sue says:

        Wouldn’t be Arsenal without that happening hey, Declan?! 😂
        That triple save 👌

  5. BellendBob says:

    As much as I like Lucas Torreira’s personality, I would prefer to see him go. His height just doesn’t offer very much.

    If it was up to me they should also sell Xhaka, let Ceballos go back and buy a proper midfielder to partner Partey.
    Guendouzi certainly has the potential to be that player, but I am very doubtful that he will mature enough, sadly.

  6. Tony B says:

    Torreira is a decent player but if he is the height of our ambition then we have accepted mediocrity!

  7. Grandad says:

    Time for him to move elsewhere on a permanent basis.

  8. jon fox says:

    Lets cease this fantasy . Torreira proved too tiny for our Prem . He was homesick and did not do what some of us hoped he would.

  9. Reggie says:

    Torriera is a good player but physically he is challenged and the prem is too much for him. I hope a team in Italy comes in for him, its a league he knows and has done well in. My dream is sell him and xhaka and replace with the guy from Brighton, Bissouma, i think his name is, sorry for spelling.

    1. SueP says:

      Fair comments. I liked him too. He was my terrier but you and JF have mentioned his lack of height which was a shame as well as not settling in the UK

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