Arsenal midfielder excited for ‘important’ Serie A loan

Lewis Oldham

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has spoken ahead of his “important” season-long loan spell in the Serie A with Florentina.

The Uraguay international made the move to the Premier League in 2018 after he shone for his country at the World Cup.

The Gunners splashed out around £26m to sign him from Sampdoria.

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Torreira played 89 times for Arsenal between 2018 and 2020. He fell down the pecking order towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

This led to him spending last season on loan at Atletico Madrid. He was only a bit-part player in La Liga as he played 19 times.

The 25-year-old will also spend this term away from Arsenal as he has joined Florentina on a season-long loan.

Ahead of his debut, he has conducted an interview which has been cited by Florentina’s official website. He knows that this loan is “important” for his career:

“I think it’s an important point in my career. This is a very good team. It’s too early to talk about targets, but I’m sure that the work the coach is doing and his tactics – which I’ll learn more about this week – are well-suited to my approach to the game.

“I went from Samp to Arsenal and then to [Atletico] Madrid, where I didn’t play as much but won the title. It’s true that Fiorentina showed a lot of interest in me, so I want to make the most of this experience. I have to admit that I’ve spoken more to [Daniele] Prade in the last month than I have my own father!

“[I’ve had] [Unai] Emery, [Diego] Simeone and now [Vincenzo] Italiano. I’ve always watched Serie A. I watched Spezia a lot last season and I’m pleased he’s here at Fiorentina. Right now I’m trying to understand what he wants me to do, so I can help the team to do well.

“I’ve seen that the standard is very high in English football, while La Liga has quality players too. If I hadn’t spent several years in Italy, though, I wouldn’t have been ready to play abroad. Playing in Italy helps you to learn a lot from a tactical standpoint.”