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Arsenal’s Uruguay star a ‘bright talent’

Torreira follows French midfielder as Emery’s Gunners team starts to take shape

13 July, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Lucas Torreira this week completed a move to Arsenal after playing for Uruguay at the World Cup. Photo: Светлана Бекетова

ARSENAL head coach Unai Emery will officially kick off his reign at the club on Saturday when he leads his new charges out for the traditional pre-season curtain-raiser against Boreham Wood.

The game at Meadow Park, which gets under way at 3pm, will present excited fans with their first opportunity to see how the Spaniard will set his team up this season. It was also give them the chance to see a host of new players, with the Gunners adding no fewer than five faces to their squad so far this summer.

The latest addition arrived on Wednesday in the shape of Matteo Guendouzi, who signed from French Ligue 2 side Lorient in a deal believed to be in the region of £8million.

Supporters can be forgiven for not knowing too much about Guendouzi, but the 19-year-old French midfielder, who started his career in Paris St-Germain’s academy, knows plenty about Arsenal.

Reflecting on his move to north London, he said: “It’s something I’m immensely proud of. Arsenal have always been the team closest to my heart, and a side I’ve wanted to join since I was a child.

“I hope I can do great things here. It doesn’t get any better than coming to a club like this, with so much history. I want to become part of the club’s history and to achieve great things here. I want to win titles, titles, titles.”

Arsenal also completed a five-year deal for Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria this week. The 22-year-old, who cost £26m, played in all five of Uruguay’s World Cup matches in Russia before their quarter-final exit to France.

It has been known for some time that the Gunners were hoping to capture the tough-tackling midfielder, with fans eagerly tracking his flight when it was revealed he was finally on his way to London.

“I didn’t know about it, but I am here now and I will see them all soon,” said Torreira. “I’ve been receiving loads of messages in my social media accounts. I guess it’s all down to the fact there were talks of me moving to Arsenal even before the World Cup started. I am very happy to be here.”

Torreira will enjoy a post-World Cup break before starting his new life at Arsenal, but Emery said he was delighted to have added him to his squad.

He added: “In Lucas we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game. A midfielder with great quality”

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