Dharmesh Sheth has insisted on Sky Sports News that Arsenal’s coaching staff still like Lucas Torreira, despite his future being up in the air.
Torreira has been loaned out by Arsenal to Atletico Madrid for the season, but the move has not worked out well for any party.
The Uruguayan has struggled to break into Atleti’s team, meaning he has not got the game time he was craving.
Arsenal have also seen his value fall, due to his persistent time sitting on the bench, and Sheth suggests that he could be relocated to a different club now
“Edu the technical director is quoted as saying that Arsenal is concerned about Torreira,” the Sky reporter said.
“That’s because he’s only made two starts in La Liga for Atletico Madrid.
“I don’t think you can rule out Arsenal maybe cutting that short and then moving him on to another club where he would get first-team football, where if they were to sell him in the summer he would maintain that value.
“As far as Torreira is concerned there was nothing bad about his departure at Arsenal.
“He’s very well liked by the coaching staff, and is very well liked by the players. It just seemed to be a good time for him to move on, as he was having an issue with the language.
“Mikel Arteta could speak Spanish to him, but communications with his teammates became a little bit of an issue, I’m told.”
Torreira may still be well liked by both Arsenal’s coaches and players, but his chances of breaking back into Arteta’s plans look slim, with his time at the club surely coming to an end.
The 24-year-old was constantly overlooked last term, with Arteta preferring other options.
Arsenal have now brought in Thomas Partey to play in central midfield, while Emile Smith Rowe’s emergence as a number 10 has been a major positive.
Torreira, therefore, looks almost certain to leave in the summer – although Arsenal may find it difficult to raise a sizeable fee for him, given his lack of time on the pitch.