Lucas Torreira pinpoints language barrier as key reason for Arsenal downfall

Lucas Torreira believes that the language barrier ‘cost him’ at Arsenal.

The Uruguay international joined Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan on the final day of the summer transfer window having slipped down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta.

Although the 24-year-old had impressed under Unai Emery following his move from Sampdoria back in 2018, it now seems as though he will leave the club on a permanent basis when his loan expires.

Torreira has now opened up on his switch, and mentioned the influence of Luis Suarez.

Speaking to AS, he said when asked about the mood at Atletico: “This affects me a lot.

"I have two Uruguayan colleagues, a Uruguayan teacher, an Argentine coaching staff and language is an important factor, too.

“I was in England for two years and that issue cost me, beyond that I was taking classes.

“I know that I came to Atletico Madrid, a club with a lot of hierarchy that fights important things, that also influenced this decision I made.”

Before adding: “My negotiations lasted until the final day of the transfer window but I had already been talking to Luis. His arrival gives an important bonus to the team for everything he generates as a player.

“He has a great track record. He is one of the best strikers in the world, it is no coincidence that he is the third-highest scorer for Barcelona in history.

“Personally, sharing the team and the national team with him is something I really enjoy. Honestly, I try to learn all day from him, I make the most of it.”

Torreira’s dad Ricardo told Liberta Digital in October: “Lucas has a huge heart and puts a lot of effort into everything he does. That is why he is not one of the players who likes to be on the bench waiting for minutes.

“He needs to show on the field what he can give. It is encouraged with the game. And that happened at Arsenal.

“Lucas is honest and wants to leave his soul on the pitch, but that is defined by the coaches and for the current Arsenal manager it did not count. Lucas was not on the bench because he wanted to be there, but by decision of his coach.”

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