Loan watch: How Arsenal midfielder is faring in La Liga

Matthew Chivers November 10, 2020
Loan watch: How Arsenal midfielder is faring in La Liga
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During the summer transfer window, Lucas Torreira signed for Atletico Madrid on loan from Arsenal.

The Uruguayan was brought into Atletico’s midfield in a window that saw Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey move the other way to Arsenal.

As Atletico sold Partey who is a defensive midfielder, Torreira arrived as a player with a similar defensive emphasis.

Let’s take a look at how he’s getting on.

First season in La Liga

Torreira made his La Liga debut against Celta Vigo on 17 October. He played the full game in a 2-0 win for Atletico.

Torreira has made four appearances for Atletico in La Liga so far. He scored his first goal for the club against Osasuna last month.

Atletico are third in the league table on 17 points but have played two fewer games than leaders Real Sociedad, who have 20 points.

The 24-year-old has also represented his new club in the Champions League. Atletico sit second behind Bayern Munich in Group A.

Torreira has featured in each of Atletico’s group matches – against Bayern, Lokomotiv Moscow and RB Salzburg.

Popular with Arsenal fans

Torreira made his senior footballing debut for Italian side Pescara before he moved to Sampdoria in 2015.

He made 74 appearances for Sampdoria and scored four goals before his move to north London.

Torreira signed for Arsenal in July 2018 for about £26 million during Unai Emery’s first year as Gunners manager.

In his time at Arsenal he has made 89 appearances and scored four goals. He especially impressed Arsenal fans with his tough-tackling performances in midfield.

Torreira broke into the Uruguay national side in March 2018, making his debut against Czech Republic.

The midfielder has made 24 appearances for his country and was part of the 2018 World Cup squad in Russia.

He played in all of Uruguay’s matches at the tournament, including their 2-0 defeat by France in the quarter-finals.

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Graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2019, and has since become a qualified NCTJ journalist, studying at News Associates in Manchester.