Gunners player Lucas Torreira has said that he is not giving up on fighting for his place in the London club’s playing XI. The 23-year-old midfielder joined Arsenal from Sampdoria last summer on a transfer fee reported to be £26m. He has since gone on to play 60 games for the London club, scoring three goals and providing five assists.
This campaign, Lucas has played ten matches for the Gunners, but only five of them have been starts with just two coming in the PL. Lucas has mainly come on as a sub with Unai Emery preferring Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi in the midfield.
Amid his lack of game time this campaign so far, the Uruguayan midfielder has said that he will work hard and fight for his spot in the London club. Lucas said: “I don’t know whether I’d say it’s frustrating. All footballers want to play, they want to be in the starting XI, that’s completely good.
But that’s not something that depends on me. It’s down to the manager to make those decisions, and 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 line-up or from the bench, I want to give my all for the club.”
Uruguay international has done well for the London club whenever he’s on the pitch. He’s a pretty tenacious player and someone who can easily shield the defence. Xhaka’s performances for Arsenal haven’t been excellent so far, thus Spanish tactician should consider fielding Torreira ahead of him.