If there’s one man who has really suffered from Mikel Arteta taking over at Arsenal, it’s Lucas Torreira.
Almost immediately pushed to one side, the Uruguayan then saw Thomas Partey bought from Atlético Madrid, the same club the Gunners then sent him on loan to.
It didn’t go well, and a return to the Emirates took place, before Fiorentina swooped in to sign the midfielder on loan for the season, with option to buy included at around €15m.
That’s why Torreira is keen to impress in Florence, trying to recapture the form he previously displayed in Serie A during his time at Sampdoria in order to secure a definitive move away from Arsenal.
However, that’s not the only thing he is seeking in Italy this year, clearly affected by the way he was treated in London since the Spaniard took over.
“For my part, I try to give my best with the help of my teammates and the atmosphere, who have welcomed me here really well: I want to be happy here, and make the fans happy”.
He’s playing, his manager trusts him and he’s impressing along the way, meaning everything is currently on the right track, with Fiorentina sitting fifth in Serie A after six games.