Lucas Torreira is a wanted man and there are a number of top clubs willing to pounce on his unhappiness playing out of position under Unai Emery, but will Freddie make him any happier?

Arsenal's Swedish Interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg (C) reacts as Brighton's English midfielder Dale Stephens (R) fouls Arsenal's Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira (C) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 5, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Swedish Interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg (C) reacts as Brighton’s English midfielder Dale Stephens (R) fouls Arsenal’s Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira (C) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 5, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Lucas Torreira’s agent has already made it clear that his client is not happy so we can all hope that a change of manager, even if it is only getting rid of one without finding an adequate replacement, will be enough to soothe his itch to head back to Italy.

Napoli seemingly want him the most, according to a few reports in Italy, and could even try their hand as early as January as they look for a way to climb Serie A from seventh place.

AC Milan are also said to be interested, and have been for a while. As is Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid who would certainly offer a player of Torreria’s temperament and playing style a tempting outlet.

Arsenal's Swedish Interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg (L) speaks with Arsenal's Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on December 1, 2019. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)
Arsenal’s Swedish Interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg (L) speaks with Arsenal’s Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on December 1, 2019. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)

Arsenal can ill-afford to lose a player like Torreira and it seems highly unlikely that even this club at this moment in time would opt to sell the 23-year-old mid-season.

The 90 minutes he played against Brighton was the first time in the league this season he hasn’t been brought on or off. It also happened to be in a more defensive role than where Emery like to deploy him for reasons known only to himself.

Hopefully, the club have listened to his legitimate concerns.

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