Arsenal new boy Lucas Torreira says that Luis Suarez was a factor in his decision to move to the Gunners, as his international teammate spoke glowingly of English football.
The Barcelona striker’s relationship with Not Director of Football, Raul Sanllehi, was part of it, but the man Arsenal tried to sign gave him good advice about the Premier League in general.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s home game against West Ham, the former Sampdoria man told the programme, “Luis Suarez was very helpful. He spoke to Raul, who brought many players to Barcelona.
“I was really grateful to Luis and only a short time ago I sent him a message of thanks.
“He told me how wonderful the Premier League is, describing it as the best, and he said what a great time he had at Liverpool. When we were together for internationals he would often talk about the Premier League.
“I’m also good friends with Gaston Ramirez and he spoke about the Premier League, the stadiums and the coaching.
“He said that everything would be great, that it would be a good move for me and now I’m seeing everything he talked about with my own eyes.”
As for his early impressions of life at Arsenal, he continued, “I’m incredibly proud. It feels such a privilege.
I find it amazing that all my life I’ve dreamed of playing in the Premier league and now I’m part of the Arsenal team, wearing this iconic shirt with all its history.”
It remains to be seen if the 22 year old will get his first start following his £26m move from the Italian side, but chances are he’ll get the nod tomorrow as Unai Emery’s men look for their first points of the new season.