Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira completes move to Fiorentina on loan with option to buy

Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira completes move to Fiorentina on loan with option to buy as Mikel Arteta shifts ANOTHER midfielder after the departures of Joe Willock, Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos

  • Arsenal player Lucas Torreira has joined Fiorentina on a loan with a purchase obligation
  • The midfielder has not played for the Gunners since mid-2020
  • Torreira fell out of favor with Mikel Arteta and spent last season at Atletico Madrid
  • The 25-year-old returns to Italian football three years after leaving Sampdoria

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has joined Fiorentina on a lease with an option to buy the Uruguayan midfielder at the end of the season.

The 25-year-old has not played for The Gunners since the end of the 2019-20 season, after being loaned out to LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid last season.

Torreira has been training individually on Arsenal’s training ground in London Colney since returning to London last week after being informed by Mikel Arteta that he had no part in the Gunners’ first team this season.

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has been loaned to Fiorentina with an obligation to buy

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has been loaned to Fiorentina with an obligation to buy

Torreira (left) has not played for Arsenal since 2020 after falling out with Mikel Arteta (right)

Torreira (left) has not played for Arsenal since 2020 after falling out with Mikel Arteta (right)

Torreira (left) has not played for Arsenal since 2020 after falling out with Mikel Arteta (right)

The midfielder is returning to Italian football after his performances for Sampdoria saw him move to Arsenal for the first time after the 2018 World Cup.

Torreira joined the Gunners that summer for around £26 million and immediately made himself popular among the Emirates faithful with outstanding performances against Tottenham and Liverpool at the club’s home ground.

However, the Uruguayan international found playing time limited following the resignation of Unai Emery midway through the 2019-20 season.

Torreira was loaned to Atlético Madrid last season after Arteta was unwilling to include him in the squad.

The Uruguayan international was loaned to Atlético Madrid last season, where he played LaLiga .  won

The Uruguayan international was loaned to Atlético Madrid last season, where he played LaLiga .  won

The Uruguayan international was loaned to Atlético Madrid last season, where he played LaLiga . won

The midfielder played 26 games during his stint with Wanda Metropolitano and won LaLiga with Diego Simeone’s side, although he was given a lengthy period of compassionate leave after his mother passed away midway through last season.

Torreira insisted after the death of his mother that he no longer wanted to play in Europe, but will now spend at least another year on the continent in Serie A.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have let another midfielder go after Joe Willock left for £25million to Newcastle United, where he impressed on loan last season.

Torreira (right) returns to Italian football after his pre-Arsenal years with Sampdoria

Torreira (right) returns to Italian football after his pre-Arsenal years with Sampdoria

Torreira (right) returns to Italian football after his pre-Arsenal years with Sampdoria

Matteo Guendouzi has also been loaned to Marseille, while Dani Ceballos returned to parent club Real Madrid after two years in north London.

Arteta has strengthened in this area this summer with the signings of Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard, while Granit Xhaka has remained at the club despite a desire to move him to AS Roma earlier this season.

However, the Gunners will lose Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny to the Africa Cup of Nations this winter, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is out of favor under Arteta.

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