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Report: Arteta turns down Torreira's shock Arsenal request

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According to Football London, Lucas Torreira has told Mikel Arteta that he wants to stay at Arsenal this season.

The Uruguayan joined us in 2018 and instantly became a fan favourite. He was brilliant in his first season with us, but a strange decision by Unai Emery to play him in a much-advanced position seriously dented his confidence.

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Torreira looked nothing like his previous self after that. He even failed to nail down a spot in Arteta’s side when the Spaniard took over, and he was eventually shipped out on loan to Atletico Madrid last year.

Arteta has asked Torreira to leave Arsenal

Every Arsenal fan was convinced that Torreira wanted to leave. The Uruguayan publicly claimed that wanted out as well a few months ago, but his change of mind is a big shock to all of us.

After Torreira requested to stay and fight for a place at Arsenal, Arteta reportedly told him that he wasn’t in his plans. As a result, the midfielder is now looking for a new home before the end of this transfer window.

The report claims that Serie A sides Roma and Lazio are both interested in Torreira. A return to Italy interests him as well, and it won’t be a surprise to see him secure a move in the coming days.

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Should Arsenal keep Torreira?

When Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka are available to Arteta, there’s no way Torreira will get the nod. However, the former’s injury troubles could open the door for the Uruguayan at some point this season.

To add to that, Partey and Mohamed Elneny could both miss four important games due to AFCON early next year. That will leave us short of options in the middle of the park, which is not ideal at all.

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Torreira, labelled as ‘excellent’ by Alan Shearer, is by no means a bad player. He has proven his worth at the top level already, and it really won’t be a bad idea to keep him around the squad, especially as he wants to stay as well.

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