Lucas Torreira believes his difficulties at Arsenal cost him a spot in the most recent Uruguay squad, but he argues it could be for the best.

Lucas Torreira, via Fiorentina
Lucas Torreira, via Fiorentina

Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira, currently on loan with Fiorentina, believes his summer struggles with the Gunners are to blame for the fact he was overlooked by Uruguay in the September international break.

After completing his participation in Copa America with Uruguay over the summer, Torreira faced delays in returning to North London – largely due to the quarantine regulations between Uruguay and England at the time.

The midfielder had to head off to Madrid for a week or so before finally returning to Arsenal. Then he went on loan without featuring for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Torreira thinks this is why he wasn’t involved in Uruguay’s squad in September. But he’s trying to look at the positives.

“At Arsenal, I had little continuity in the last period which also cost me the call of Uruguay in the last round of the World Cup qualifiers,” Torreira told Teledoce.

“With a cool head, maybe it was better this way, because I had more time to work at Fiorentina and to fit into the coach’s plans. I have to find the right continuity of minutes to win over the national team and play for a place for the World Cup.”

Torreira has featured in three Fiorentina squads at the time of writing, but he’s only made one 66-minute appearance against Atalanta.

Fiorentina play Inter Milan tonight, and Torreira will be in the squad, but it will be interesting to see whether or not he gets a start.

It would certainly be an issue for the 25-year-old if he features as infrequently as he did at Atletico Madrid last season. That’s what’s likely to cause him problems with Uruguay, not Arsenal.

Arsenal have done their bit, it’s now up to Torreira to convince Fiorentina to play him on a weekly basis.