Revealed – Why Torreira and Guendouzi were loaned out of Arsenal

Edu has revealed that Arsenal loaned out Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi this summer because they asked to leave the club.

Both midfielders fell down the pecking order at the Emirates and the Gunners were in the market for a new midfielder.

Torreira has struggled to play for much of the time that he was at the club under Mikel Arteta.

Guendouzi was enjoying a run of games in the team before he fell out with Arteta during project restart. The Frenchman didn’t feature for the team again since June.

Arteta claimed that he would get a fresh chance to play for the Gunners this season, but that chance never came.

As the end of the transfer window drew closer, the Gunners needed to get rid of some of their players, and they eventually moved both midfielders out on loan.

Torreira joined Atletico Madrid while Guendouzi joined Hertha Berlin, Edu has revealed that both players asked to leave to play more games.

He told ‘The market situation was really strange. It was difficult to manage well because nobody was 100% comfortable to do the deals. 

‘Even loan players or to swap players was even more difficult. I think we did it quite well. If you see Lucas Torreira, if you see Matteo I think for them it was really really important to move, play more games, be more comfortable and happier because both came to me and Mikel to talk about the possibility to go to have more game and play more minutes.

‘When you see the clubs they went to it was brilliant. Lucas went to Atletico Madrid which is a very important club going to play Champions League. 

‘They play quite a nice system, the way they are playing for Lucas Torreira then you see Hertha Berlin and it’s a similar situation with Lucas. To play more games, develop his career and of course we are going to be following them because they are still Arsenal players and this is important to mention.’

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  1. “Still Arsenal players” tells me there is hope for Matteo if he performs well as well as Lucas but Thomas has taken his position.

  2. I think it’s bodes well that both players wanted to play more football and that is the reason both went on loan. Fans just started making up their own stories and aiming insult at their own players. I said before that if there was such a big fuss or MG did something so bad then why did club not come out said anything neither did MG. So fans should stop with blame and abuse games. Just support the players. I hope both come back to Arsenal stronger and play important role in our future.

    1. Yes I agree with you Mohsan. It is good to see that MG has a few fans after all.
      He is a good player and will be missed at Arsenal.

  3. I am disappointed that we have not had the opportunity to see Lucas Torreira as a specialist DM, Thomas Partey as box to box midfielder and Danny Ceballos as CAM.
    Unfortunately, I will be lucky to see Torreira return to the Emirates, because of his stated inability to settle in London. He will be a much improved player under Simeone.
    As for Guendouzi, he is still young, plenty of game time will help his development and time battling in the Bundesleague with Hertha Berlin will allow him time to reflect and mature.

      1. Yeah Top Gunner. But then, Xhaka happens to be one of the favorites of Arteta, the boss. He will always be in the 1st line up, un4tunately thou, not for football reasons. On the other hand, I believe, the duo of – Toreira, Guenze & ofcourse, add Ozil to complete the list of the three bad boys in the eyes of Arteta, will never ever feature in any match at Arsenal again, however good we think the trio are on the field of play, but b’cos Arteta & perhaps the Mgt feel that the trio are not sufficiently submissive to their nuances & ethos. Talk of vindictiveness at play. I therefore, congratulate the duo for leaving & perhaps permanently if they succeed in their new abodes. Ozil has nothing to prove to anyone, so he may stay on to fight a one man squad against his perceived victimization & perhaps persecution. As I believe their travails have nothing to do with football reasons. Edu’s latest yarns on the duo’ s exit is just mere PR stunts. He should not be taken any seriously.

  4. I felt for Torreira as he was a terrier but if you don’t settle then being able to move on was right and good luck to him in Madrid

    I really rated MG too but did feel he went off the boil. Again a move to Berlin may well mature him. Clearly at the beginning his lack of discipline was an issue but there was nothing to be gained from deliberately omitting him after lockdown.

    As I got behind Arteta from the beginning, I back him if he feels that Guendouzi isn’t currently at the level he wants There is nothing to stop Guendouzi coming back if he lights up the Bundesliga.

  5. Those two players are what got Emery the sack.

    He sold off all the talented players in midfield (Cazorla, Ramsey, Mkitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi) in the name of “clearing deadwood” and brought in these two with a limited skillset.

    That is the culmination of all the problems we’re facing now.

    That was daylight robbery of Atletico Madrid and Hertha; loaning them totally untalented players.

    1. Indeed Bro Baah I agree with you , You know as being a manager you should also learn how to manage your players very well more especially young players and I don’t know why the Trio LT, MG and MO are not needed to our team they are even better than some of our loved players…. ” I don’t know Arsenal coaches are not seeing the good of Lucas Torreira , I thought of him arsenal could fixed their cm problem …….” by an arsenal true legend
      So I see problem in arsenals management currently Balogun is much more better than some of our attackers but he is not chosen to be part of the team even for a single match never”
      Unai’s errors on letting Santi Carzola and Ramsey costed us up to 8th position .
      Me I will be happy to see the duo u have already left sign in their respective league and the append permanent signatures for their clubs and MO should also leave the club and start another challenge than sitting there .

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