After a week of intense speculation about his future, we’ve finally heard from Lucas Torreira who says he has no idea about any interest from AC Milan, and insists he’s happy at Arsenal.

There were reports that he was unsettled in the UK – but it appears that some quotes he made at the end of the season focused almost exclusively on the difficulties he faced rather than the bits he actually enjoyed. You can read the full context of his quotes here.

The Uruguayan international is away at the Copa America, and speaking to the press today he denied any knowledge of a move to AC Milan where he’d be exposed to greater exposure to Ivan Gazidis which nobody needs.

“I don’t know anything about interest from Milan,” he said. “Nobody has called me. I am in the Premier League today and am happy to be part of Arsenal.

“It’s true, it hasn’t been easy adapting, but I am only thinking of the team now.

“I’m happy to be in London.”

It’s good to hear, because he’s a player we need to keep, so hopefully this helps things die down. The way this summer is going however, you can’t help but think this isn’t the last we’ve heard about this particular story.

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Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Transfer speculation advice:

Never believe: The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Star or The Metro.
(also, they’re biased toe nail cheddar tabloid tesspets)

That is all.

Basswielder
Basswielder

What about bbc…?

Double98
Double98

If its bbc and ain’t ornstein then it ain’t worth the licence fee.

Bob's Mexican cousin
Bob's Mexican cousin

Trust the ornacle, no one else.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Dont even bother to look. Just look at the source and then forget it if it’s one of those.

Occasionally they seem to get some actual news but there’s so much noise there’s no way to know.

When it comes from Ornstein you know it’s true.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Sky sports news are ok (but not Sky Italy!)

Fuckspurs

The kind of players we need to be targeting should be in the same mould as Torreira. Ready to add something to the team but not quite the finished article yet (only because of the cost efficiency, who doesn’t want a world class player?).

Footie fan
Footie fan

Need to keep this man, very important to us, no doubt about it

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

In the same mould as Torreira you say? A 5ft 0 inch centre back and goalkeeper it is then.

Owain
Owain

If the transfer news doesn’t come from the great Ornstein, I don’t believe a word of it. Plus, if we are going to get rid of anyone from that position in the park, Elneny has to be first

GoonerMac
GoonerMac

Top 5 most hated recent Arsenal People

1. Kroenke
2. Gazidis
3. Dutch Skunk
4. Nasri
5. Kroenke again

Mark WahlBergkamp
Mark WahlBergkamp

As much as he absolutely broke my heart I must admit RVP still holds a special place in my nether regions.
I suppose the years have softened the blow and he was always an idol of mine, right up there with our greatest strikers.

But yeah, broke my heart.

indiegooner
indiegooner

I am bit on the fence on this one. When he was good he was spanking good – it’s a special feeling to have the league’s best player in your team. But this was true only for his last season and a half which came at the end of a long spell marled with injuries. Of course, once he hit the heights there were mischievous small boys talking inside him and he was gone for a pittance. Call me a small person but I still feel that we should not have sold him when we did and to whom we did.

COYG1001
COYG1001

RvP kept us in CL. Way more than others delivered.

Santori
Santori

Agree.

RVP was also correct in his assessment where Wenger was going.

It would have been better had he taken a high road and retired a legend at Arsenal, helped us with that one more season he had i him but you can’t fault him for not seeing the effort in building the team enough.

Plus of course the money was tempting for an injury plagued professional close to end of career.

He scored some great goals for us and was invested in us when wearing the shirt.

C.B.
C.B.

Great player, scored v Blackburn on my son’s first ever Arsenal game, at Highbury. https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/arsenal-3-blackburn-rovers-0-van-persie-gives-fluent-reminder-of-arsenals-full-potential-517161.html

If we’d have had all his goals the season after he left for United we would have probably won the league, that’s my regret with him.

myrtle
myrtle

Big Willie G 10 not get a mention?

BigD
BigD

Thank f*ck for that 🙏🏻

Ben
Ben

Excellent news

sambo
sambo

We love you! If you ever need south american food or friends i have a few you can go for lunch with and enjoy some chilled conversation about back home!

Santori
Santori

I don’t think he is as solid a midfielder as some prefer to wank off to.

Over course of campaign in Dec, he hit the wall and lost or misplaced the ball in critical areas 6 or 7 times against BHA. Soton, West Ham, United and liverpool.

It cost us 4 goals.

Happened again against Chelsea in finals.

BUT it is his first season and he brings some bite to midfield plus good anticipation if not height.

Still we cannot afford to lose him and then have to add two to midfield run the risk of the Transfer team cutting corners and adding on numbers instead of quality.

As is we need one more CM.

Willock is best off on a storng loan to play regularly (ditto Mavropanos) and accelerate growth.

Elneny we need to pack in a suitcase and drop off somewhere.

We need someone with capability and experience to come into midfield to hold the ball better.

There are alternatives to explore:

At Juve both Matuidi and Khedira are 33yrs and could be very useful on a season contract or a loan to help us claw back into the CL.

Also another option could be say Kovacic who was on loan at Chelsea to decent effect. Not the allure he had several seasons ago, he won’t be as expensive either with RM prob happy to relinquish.

He is a versatile layer capable in a deep role but also able to play as an AM further forward (considering we lost Ramsey) and he is still ONLY 25yrs.

Also (perhaps with more risk) Bakayoko has great asset in strength height and ball control. He lost his way (at Chelsea) but found footing again at Milan albeit with acrimonious relationship with the gaffer.

An assessment needs to be made on his temperament and mental focus otherwise he may be a good gamble to consider.

Adding any of these players to our set up with Granit, Guendouzi AND Torreira will strengthen us. Any less and we are simply moving sideways … not helping Emery.