We have heard many times over the years of how Arsene Wenger made personal phone calls to Arsenal’s transfer targets to persuade them to join Arsenal, but this is the first time we have heard of Unai Emery stepping in and doing the same thing. We have been led to believe that under the new regime at Arsenal it is Sven and Raul who deal with all the incoming players, but according to Lucas Torreira, it was Unai who sealed the deal. ‘At the end of my last season at Sampdoria there were lots of teams being talked about,’ Torreira told ArsenalMedia, as reported in TalkSport.
‘I never imagined coming here to England because it was mainly Italian clubs being mentioned.
‘Before I left for the World Cup I got a call from the coach which was a massive surprise for me.
‘I knew that I had earned it because of all my hard work and everything that I had done. That phone call made me a happy man.
‘It allowed me to relax too because it allowed me to focus all my attention on the national team and the World Cup. I’m so proud to be part of such an important team.’
That phone call has also made lots of Arsenal fans happy as well! He was the Gunners Player of the Month in November and started December with a stunner against the Spuds, and then scored a fantastic goal against Huddersfield at the weekend too.
He has all the attributes to become an Arsenal legend in the future, and hopefully help us to win many many trophies as well….