Shunned to one side by Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, much like Mattéo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira was in dire need of finding himself a new club this summer.
This came off the back of a disappointing loan spell at Atlético Madrid, and a return to Serie A, a league he thrived in previously, was organised as Fiorentina came knocking.
A loan move was sorted out, and while the 25-year-old has only played 66 minutes so far, he appears to be thrilled with the decision and his move back to Italy, a country he knows and loves well.
Sitting down with Teledoce to talk about the national team and his early days in Florence, Torreira also took a small shot at Arsenal in how they treated him.
He said, relayed by Alfredo Pedulla’s website: “I want to play as much as possible and help Fiorentina this season. We must continue like this. Now, I will continue with a great desire to work, grow and make myself available to the manager to be ready.
“At Arsenal, I had little continuity of late, which also cost me the call-up to the Uruguay national team in the last chunk of the World Cup qualifiers. With a cool head, maybe it was better this way, because I had more time to work at Fiorentina and to fit into the manager’s plans”.
Either way, it’s clear that Torreira isn’t best pleased at missing out on the chance to play for his national team, and clearly isn’t thrilled with the way Arsenal handled him.
Now at Fiorentina, who have an option to buy him permanently in the deal, it’s time to put his time with the Gunners behind him and potentially move on for good.