Lucas Torreira says he’s at an age where he needs to play regular football and admits he’s lost confidence during a ‘complicated’ season at the Emirates.
The Uruguay international made 11 fewer appearances in all competitions in 2019/20 compared to his debut campaign and played 27 per cent fewer minutes (2,041 vs 3,219 mins) overall.
Unai Emery’s belief that he wasn’t suited to a holding midfield role and the ankle break sustained just before the Covid-19 lockdown played a part in that but either side of the injury, he still struggled to usurp Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos.
While the season ended with him picking up an FA Cup winners medal, he doesn’t sound like a man who is particularly happy with life.
“Last season I played continuously, this one less so,” he told Radio Sport890.
“This year has been more complicated: I have lost continuity and confidence. I do not like this. At this age I need to play to be called up for the national team.
“Transfer rumours? I don’t know anything right now. I need to rest because it was a very long season, I got injured, then there was the coronavirus.
“I have a contract with Arsenal, but if I have to change in the future it will be a decision I make for my own good.
“Every player looks for a team where he feels important. We will see what happens in the future.”
Earlier today, The Telegraph reported that Arsenal could be willing to sell Lucas Torreira this summer and that AC Milan and Fiorentina are possible suitors.