Mikel Arteta responds to Lucas Torreira after emotional plea for Arsenal transfer
Mikel Arteta insists Lucas Torreira must be patient and stay calm after the midfielder emotionally asks to leave Arsenal this summer.
Torreira, 25, is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid after falling out of favor at the Emirates last season.
He has struggled for playing time in the Spanish capital and made no secret of his desire to join Boca Juniors – the club he grew up supporting – in a recent interview.
The Uruguayan’s desire to be closer to his family in South America has been compounded by the tragic death of his mother after contracting coronavirus.
This prompted a moving appeal from his father, who begged Arsenal chiefs to let Torreira join Argentinian giants Boca.
But Arteta urged all parties to remain “tranquilo” – which means calm – as the situation cannot be resolved at the moment.
“We contacted him, we spoke to him. We know how difficult it is for him,” said the Spaniard.
“He was really attached to his mom and his family and it’s a tough time for him emotionally.
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“There are a lot of thoughts and things going through his head but… ‘tranquilo’ when things are like this, now is not the time to make decisions.
“I understand how he feels emotionally about his need and responsibility to be closer to his family, but now is not the time to make a decision.
“It is definitely a decision that will have to be made by different parties and now nothing is going to change.”
Arteta believes Torreira – who joined Sampdoria for £ 25million in 2018 – is one of the many players who have struggled to adjust to life in the Premier League.
He added: “Players often go through different stages of their careers and emotional times and these things happen.
“We have to deal with that and when you recruit a player from a foreign country he sometimes has a hard time adjusting to a new culture, a new language, a new way of doing things. The risk is there. “
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