Arsenal ‘face transfer battle’ to keep Lucas Torreira

Arsenal midfielder Torreira unhappy in London: Where's the sun?

Arsenal midfielder Torreira unhappy in London: Where's the sun?

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has spoken out about the difficulties he has faced in his first season in England, admitting "life was easier" in Italy.

Asked about life in England, he told Uruguayan outlet Ovacion: "I don't know if there are many things that I enjoy".

While the 23-year-old's apparent struggles with English life are clear, the midfielder did go on the admit that he was willing to continue fighting and learning to adjust to the country and language.

Torreira signed a five-year deal with Arsenal, though reports in Italy have suggested he is a target for AC Milan, who look set to announce Marco Giampaolo - who coached the player at Sampdoria - as their new boss.

'The language [barrier] has stopped me, to be able to relate with my team-mates and with the people. "It's pretty rough in certain moments when you can't have any dialogue, that's the most important part". I think I was doing better in Italy.

"And so is the climate".

Torreira, 23, was a regular fixture in the first team during Unai Emery's first campaign in charge at the club, scoring two goals and making two assists in 34 Premier League games for the Gunners. You arrive late to your home and it's cloudy. I doubt he will persist with players that are not consistent enough like he did last season and he will have a far better understanding of the demands of the English game and just like some of his players he will improve for his first season in charge, he is too experienced and has been too successful not to adapt.

The midfielder is now in Brazil preparing to help Urguay's challenge for the Copa America, with their first game against Ecuador on Sunday. "I had to get used to playing every three days, which is very hard". "All in all, for me the balance was positive and I am satisfied, satisfied with what I did this season".

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