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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted to the club’s official website that he understands why Lucas Torreira wants to leave the Emirates Stadium.

Torreira has told ESPN that he wants to join Boca Juniors this summer, as he wants to be closer to his family, following the tragic death of his mother.

And Arsenal boss Arteta took a compassionate view on the matter at his press conference yesterday.

“I understand how he’s feeling emotionally,” he said.

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“He probably feels the need and responsibility to be closer to his family. But it’s not the moment to make any decisions and it certainly is a decision that has to be made by different parties. Now, nothing is going to change. It’s just an interview with some comments. Let’s see what happens.

“We know that when you recruit a player from a foreign country, when they have that struggle sometimes to adapt to a new culture, a new language, a new way of doing things. This risk is there and then you have to be able to manage that risk and make the right decisions at the right time.”

Torreira has been loaned out by Arsenal this season and currently is playing for Atletico Madrid.

That switch hasn’t worked out as planned, as the central midfielder has just jumped off Arsenal’s bench and on to Atleti’s.

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A move to Boca in the summer may now appeal to the player in the circumstances, but there is still issues that will need to be worked out, if it is to take place.

Whether Boca have the finances available to sign the 25-year-old remains to be seen, with Arsenal surely hoping his sale can help raise funds for their own planned additions this summer.

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