Could Torreira play his way back into Arteta’s plans?

Will Torreira’s loan spell be an eye opener for Arteta?

After his loan move over the summer transfer window, questions were raised on just what sort of impact Lucas Torreira would make ahead of his move to Atletico Madrid.

Forward on one month and all of those people who have said he would be a bit-part player and has only gone to Madrid to fill the void that Thomas Partey left, may well be sitting up and taking a very good look at their comments, as he has pretty quickly managed to prove them wrong.

He has been a key player in Simeone’s side so far, whether that is as a starter or coming off the bench, he is showing why Arsenal bought him in the first place. And it does seem as though Madrid are not suffering from the loss of Partey as Torreira has pretty much slotted into that void rather comfortably.

Starting on the bench for Madrid over the weekend, he managed to come on and score his first goal in their 3-1 win against Osasuna.

Although Atletico were already winning the game, it could be said Torreira’s goal didn’t mean anything, however, ask the player and he will tell you any goal is an achievement in your career. And so he had the final say in the game with his control inside the area setting himself up to rifle the ball into the top-right corner.

So what remains to be seen if he keeps up this record of making an impact in the side is whether Arteta will bring him back to Arsenal and use him, or whether he will let him go permanently to Atletico or any other club.

I believe the loan move for Torreira will really bring out the best in him and may even make Arteta consider keeping him when he returns.

I have always liked Torreira and believe he has a lot of potential, so rather than losing someone who knows the club well and on top of that having to find the funds to get another player who will need time to adjust, why wouldn’t you keep a player that looks like he will have a rather successful loan spell and could come back as a player that we are possibly going to be looking for in the summer transfer window? Gooners?

Shenel Osman

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  1. He never seemed to settle there were stories of homesickness almost straight away. His agent was itching for him to move early on. He is a good player but not a world class player. Lets hope he has a good season and we can get a good transfer fee for him
    As his future is not with arsenal

  2. I have followed him since his first game, and he has not found his feet yet, the first game he was subbed at half time as he kept giving the ball away, he didn’t start the second game and has been coming in from the bench ever since.

    No doubt, LT is a very good player but when an employee does not like his work environment his output may not be great. LT was not enjoying the London life which impacted a bit his performance, now add to that his fitness issues.

    He will eventually be more settled in Spain pretty soon, he has Suarez who will help him with that so he won’t wanna come back to London and I don’t think Arteta really fancy him like that.

    Meanwhile, Athletico has signed Kondogbia from Valencia. If they don’t make LT’s deal permanent, he will likely come back to Arsenal or get a move to Italy where he has always preferred, I don’t think there is a way back for him at Arsenal

  3. I can’t see it, no. His spell in Spain has only just begun – been a decent start, with plenty of time to impress further.
    And best of luck to him!

  4. He was never comfortable at Arsenal and London. He had home sickness problems and has mentioned it once or twice. However I am sure he will settle in Spain with the help of his country man Soares and wish him all luck.

  5. Once bitten, twice shy, is an appropriate idiom for Torreria who I do hope has success with Madrid leading to a permanent move.

  6. I must be slipping up, but am I the only one who never saw the suggestion that LT would be a “bit part player and fill the void left by Partey?”

    As far as I remember, Atletico were trying to sign him before Partey joined and refused to agree with a player plus cash deal, as they assumed we hadn’t got the cash.
    Torreria is on loan and we are in control – well done Edu.

  7. Not a cat in hells chance of LT ever coming back!

    But my main point is to agree with Ken in praising Edu for a financially sound decision. Now that LT is apparently playing a key part for a top club like Atletico – who , please note, do NOT play in our hectic, tough, 100mph, PREM, where a tiny stature is such a natural handicap – his sale value next summer will be far higher than had he stayed but not much played for us. His loan was handled well and will result in a better outcome for us.

  8. Either way, it’s a win-win if he plays well for Atletico.

    One thing I have learnt from Elneny’s performance after his loan spell, is never say never. If it doesn’t work out for Torreira, we can always try loaning him to Besiktas

  9. Does everyone forget he started out well for us and then the injuries, the home sickness and poor form started. I hope he does great all season so we can get a good transfer fee for him but I think with the way football is financially at the moment with this pandemic I don’t think we will get much more then we paid for him.

        1. AND Sue, the way he celebrated his goal – Gooner through and through!!!
          I wouldn’t worry too much about his height either (ft 6ins)…just check some of the players like N’Golo Kante (5ft 6ins) exactly the same height and we were told how AW should have signed him!!!

          Here’s a list to back up that theory of some of the smallest players in the PL
          Ian Wright = 5ft 4ins
          Ryan Fraser = 5ft 4ins
          Aaron Lennon = 5ft 5ins
          Daniel Podence = 5ft 5 ins

          Here are the shortest current players:
          N’Golo Kante – Nampalys Mendy – Christian Atsu – Ryan Fraser…and all are the same or smaller than Lucas Torreria, with just 3cm covering the lot of them!!!!

          And, of course, three of the most gifted players in the world Lionel Messi (5ft 7ins) Maradona (5ft 5ins) and Pele (5ft 8ins) would all have graced the PL…and if rumours are true, Man. City might just bring the former here next season.

          So ,in summary, size doesn’t really matter, it’s what you do with what your blessed with that does!!!!!!

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