Torreira’s dad talks about why his son fell out of favour at Arsenal

Lucas Torreira’s dad has suggested that his son had to leave Arsenal because he isn’t fancied by the club’s manager, Mikel Arteta.

The Uruguayan has joined Atletico Madrid on loan for the rest of this season after he fell out of favour at the Emirates.

He had been a crowd favourite in his first season at the club and he was one of the first players on the team sheet.

But his stock fell in his second season at the club and a change of manager made things worse for him.

He was linked with a return to Italy with Torino before Atletico made a late swoop and signed him from the Gunners.

His father, who also acts as his agent, Ricardo has now appeared to suggest that Arteta isn’t a fan of the former Sampdoria man.

He claimed that his son is a player that likes to make a contribution and he was very uncomfortable staying on the bench.

“Lucas has a huge heart and puts a lot of effort into everything he does,” his father said to Libertad Digital via Mirror Football.
“That’s why he’s not one of the players who likes to be on the bench waiting for minutes.

“He needs to show what he can give on the pitch. He’s encouraged with the game. And that happened at Arsenal.

“Lucas is honest and wants to leave his soul on the pitch, but that is defined by the coaches and for the current Arsenal manager he didn’t count.”

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  1. As much as I love Torrera, I think Partey will be an upgrade in that position so no regrets on that one, but he have my respect, he could have just decided to stay on the bench and collect his salary like someone we know but he wants to play football so for that alone Lucas you are a legend.

    1. Lenohappy, wanting to play football and not sit on the bench, makes him a legend then?
      We’d have so many statues outside The Emirates, it would be impossible to get inside the place!!

      Could you now give me the proof that “someone we know” has actually SAID that he “has decided to stay on the bench and collect his salary.”
      I can’t think of one player who has said or decided that, as I was under the impression that Mikel Arteta made the decisions as to who plays, stays on the bench, or is excluded from the squad, it seems I might have been wrong.

      As for Lucas Torreria, another player who suffered from Unai Emery’s incompetence when he was in charge.
      How a player of his standing can go from one of our top performers to deadwood in just one season is unbelievable.

      I hope he comes back, as Elneny has, a better player under a different coach, either that or, if MA wants him gone, we get a price worthy of the mans undoubted talents.

    2. LENO HAPPY, The bar towards legendhood is exceedingly low in your estimation. In your case almost all pro players in histiory, with ironically a certain few exceptions who I need not name, would also be “legends”.

      In Gilbert and Sullivans, The Gondoliers there is a song which says “when everyone is somebody, then no ones anybody”!

      Worth thinking about I’d say, IF thinking is actually something you do TRY to do!

    3. What’s with the grumpy posts, lmao. You guys seriously wrote an entire essay because he used the word legend, which I’m certain you know was used hyperbolically. Blown off that steam at least?

      1. RSH
        Sometimes I wonder if some people only want to be aggressive or take it out on someone to cool off.

        What Lenohappy said is not bad IMHO. He didn’t call him a club Legend but just a Legend and even at that, I believe what he meant by calling him a Legend is clear for everyone to see except people who only wants to jump on it others back for the sake of it.

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