Lucas Torreira is in no mood to give up despite the fierce competition at Arsenal that’s heavily restricted his game time this season.
Torreira enjoyed an impressive debut campaign following his €28.65m transfer from Sampdoria in 2018. He quickly became an integral member of the Arsenal midfield, and ended up making 50 appearances last season.
The Uruguay international proved to be a breath of fresh air with his no-nonsense and physical approach giving Arsenal something they hadn’t had since the Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva days.
Therefore, Torreira quickly became a firm favourite at the Emirates Stadium. The club supporters, in fact, even made a song in his honour.
But the 23-year-old’s luck in north London appears to have taken a wrong turn since the start of this season. So far. he’s made just two starts in Arsenal’s eight Premier League matches.
It comes in light of the summer arrival of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal. It’s added another strong competitor to the Gunners midfield for Torreira along with Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi and Joe Willock.
“I don’t know whether I’d say it’s frustrating,” Torreira told reporters.
“All players want to play, they obviously want to be in the starting XI – that’s completely normal. But that’s not something that depends on me.
“It’s down to the coach to make those decisions and really I have to respect that. Right now it’s about not giving up.
“You have to continue working hard and whether I’m playing in the starting XI or from the bench I want to give my all for the team. That’s the kind of player I am.
“I like to give 100 per cent for the shirt to help my team-mates and to give the fans something to cheer about.”
Torreira, who has made 10 appearances in total for Arsenal this season, will likely be in action for Uruguay’s friendly with Peru on Saturday.