Should Arteta persuade Lucas Torreira to stay at Arsenal this season?

Lucas Torreira left Arsenal under a cloud after citing “personal problems” at the Emirates but, despite two seasons out on loan, he seems to be having trouble finding a new permanent home in Italy or Spain. He was expected to remain at Fiorentina after a great season in Serie A, but Arsenal seem to be annoyed by the offer from Fiorentina and Lucas is currently still a Gunner, whether he likes it or not.

In fact, the midfielder has categorically stated that he has no interest in returning to London, when he said recently: “There is no chance,” he told El Telgrafo when asked about a possible Arsenal stay. “From the beginning, they told me that I didn’t have a place, so I don’t want to stay either because I suffered a lot, it cost me a lot to adapt, and my idea is to go to Italy or Spain.”

“What I wanted was to stay at Fiorentina, but it didn’t happen for various reasons. So we’ll look for a new direction.”

So there is a new twist to the tale, as his agent has revealed that Torreira will be joining back up with the Arsenal squad for the pre-season tour of America, which would seem to indicate that there is no likely suitors in the pipeline. His agent was asked if there were any talks going on with Juventus, but the agent replied: “Torreira to Juve? In fact, he would like to stay and play in Italy, but today Arsenal has called him up for the tour they will do in America, so he seems to be part of the program,” he explained to Sport Italia via JuventusNews24.

Now it is certainly no secret that Arsenal are in desperate need of a strong defensive midfielder with Youri Tielemans links looking shakier every day. And if Torreira returned to the form he had when he first arrived, he could be a great asset to the club.

Do you think Arteta should try and persuade him to finish up his contract at Arsenal next season?


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  1. Talk about a rehash. The answer was definitely no the first time around. A. He doesn’t. want to be here; B Nobody else believes he is worth more than ten million;C He is too light wait for the English Premier League.

    1. Joe. S

      Torreira was never a flop at arsenal. He found it difficult to cope with life in England. MA could persuade him to stay only if he’s in MA’s plans.

    2. B. He doesn’t want to be there because he was told he was no longer needed and what do you mean by lightweight in the Premier league? Our players are lightweights that’s why Newcastle pushed us around when we were fighting for 4th place. He should be given a chance he’s better than most of what we have

      1. @Chris
        Wasn’t the saga Torreira with us before Arteta took over? He came in under Emery and was really a breathe of fresh air in the first half of that season, then everything went sh!t in the second half. That’s when people started making reason as to why he had fallen off after a very good first half of the season. People started blaming Emery citing things like “Emery is the reason.”.

        But later it came out that Torreira is the one that was the problem, as he was busy feeling sorry for himself complaining about not being able to adapt to the British weathe and way of life, was finding it difficult to learn english, was missing his family blah blah..

        So what were Emery or Arteta supposed to do with such a personality? Force him to cut out pitying himself?

        Isn’t it?

  2. Torreira’s contract will expire in 2023, so Arsenal have to decide soon whether they’re going to offer him an extension or not. I think they’re giving Torreira one last chance to show his capabilities to the coaches and other clubs, by including him in pre-season tour

    He is a very good tackler, unfortunately he is too slow. I’d like to see whether he has learned a lot from his loan period or not

    Kante is also not a CDM, but often used as a box-to-box midfielder or a part of a double-pivot. Torreira should’ve been able to play like that, if he was as quick as Kante

  3. I would love him to stay, but I think the ship has sailed.

    However, Arteta had his mind changed by Elneny and to some extent Xhaka and Nketiah. When you look at the players we were supposedly prepared to spend big on like Raphinha and Tielemans, you can easily put Pepe and the Torreira at their level and neither would cost us a penny.

    For example Raphinha in his first season 6 goals, Pepe 8. Raphinha in 2nd season 11, Pepe 16.

    Last season was Pepe’s big disappointment, but he was mainly a sub playing only 23 appearances in all competitions.

    As for Torreira in his 2 seasons at Arsenal he made 89 appearances, scored 4 goals, won a European league runners up medal, followed by an fa cup winnersedal then the following season won la Liga with Atletico.

    That is not the performance of a poor player. Wake up Arteta, get these guys back into your plans, even Bellerin and Mari did a good job on loan, and do let Leno leave either. Even if we sold all those 5 the best we can hope for is about £50-60m in total. Not enough to bring in 2 decent players. We currently have 19 non-homegrown players, why not simply leave out Runarrsson and Trusty from that list and there is our 17.

    Our 8 non-homegrown could be Ramsdale, Bellerin, Holding, White, Maitland-Niles, SmithRowe, Nketiah, Nelson.

    Whilst our under 21s like Saka, Saliba, Martinelli, Balogun and Marquinhos bring to squad number up to 30.

  4. Don’t know why we’re still talking about this guy?

    I really like him, but he’s said numerous times that he doesn’t want to play for us. We’re creating a really positive culture at Arsenal, and if we want to continue that, then it has to be with players that want to be at the club.

  5. I think lucas should be given a chance. Under emery he played really well and he has potential to be a great player he’s attack minded aswell as his defensive midfield role and the guy has goals in him which all arsenal fans should not forget they have been excellent goals. I would rather him then sambi lokonga who is a complete nimrod but he’s given chance time and time again.

  6. If it turns out we don’t have the money to sign the Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s or Lucas Paqueta’s then perhaps they would keep Torreira. It’s pretty unlikely because we need a top class, fresh midfielder who can bring ‘enthusiasm’ which Torreira most definitely does not have for Arsenal.

  7. No serious minded fan believes Torreira can possible stay. No wise fan ever wants him too. He will not stay and that is more than obvious.

    We don’t want him AND HE DOES NOT WANT TO STAY.

    That means he goes; only a question of exactly when and for how much. But NO DOUBT at all he WILL LEAVE THIS SUMMER.

  8. Our central midfield is not massive enough, it’s too light weight….we need some more presence of stature to stuck in there and balance things up for the plentiful elusiveness we’ve gathered in there.

  9. Stoke would have won the league if stature was used to determine a good player. It has nothing to do with stature but rather intelligence.
    No one can predict the future but if he stays, I will be glad.

  10. The constant reference about size and stature being a necessity does a disservice to the legacy of the pint sized tough tackling midfielders that have graced English football from Billy Brenner right through to N’golo Kante. The question is not if he is big enough but rather is he good enough. He was once.

  11. I have always liked Torreira and wouldn’t mind him staying and showing some fight in the team.. The reason I can’t be bothered with him is that he was here crying about how he was not adapting to British weather, way of life etc. How he was missing his family, how he was finding it difficult to learn English etc..

    Now he has been snapped back into reality by the likes of AT Madrid and Fiorentina rejecting to sign him permanently..

    Life can sometimes be a b!tch. Convincing yourself that are having it so bad, feeling sorry for yourself etc but then you are brought back straight back to earth..

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