Lucas Torreira has joined Atletico Madrid on loan for the season as his Arsenal time comes to an end.

Lucas Torreira in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Lucas Torreira in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Lucas Torreira arrived at Arsenal on the back of a successful World Cup and it’s safe to say there was plenty excitement given both his performances in the tournament and Arsenal’s long-term need for a player just like him.

Not long after he arrived there were rumours he wasn’t overly happy with life in London, although these were dismissed with Torreira saying he wanted to play for Arsenal for a long time.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t quite worked out that way.

Only Joe Willock made more appearances from the bench last season than the midfielder who actually started six of Arteta’s first seven league games. His last league start, however, came in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea on 21 January.

Torreira will have two years left on his Arsenal deal when his loan expires so the club will still be hopeful of picking up a decent fee for him next summer.

It is believed that his loan deal also includes a €22m option to buy.

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