Why has it not worked out for Lucas Torreira?
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Watford FC at Emirates Stadium on July 26, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Lucas Torreira joined Arsenal from Sampdoria in the summer of 2018 after a good performance at the World Cup with Uruguay but since the arrival of Mikel Arteta in December, he has struggled to hold down a regular place. 

In his first season at the club under Unai Emery, Torreira appeared 50 times in all competitions and looked to be one of the first names on the team-sheet. 

The Uruguayan contributed to four goals in the Premier League in 18/19 with two goals and two assists, his most notable contribution, a goal in the 4-2 win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

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This looked to be the catalyst for the midfielder to push on but it hasn't turned out that way. Injuries along with competition for places has seen him fall down the pecking order and Arteta could well find pastures new for the 24-year-old. 

Competition for places

The emergence of Joe Willock, the return in form for Granit Xhaka and return of Dani Ceballos on loan for the season looks to have ended any chance of the Uruguayan finding his way back into the side. 

The ankle injury he sustained at the end of February also really hindered Torreira's chances of ever fighting for a starting spot again as he was only on the fringes of the squad at the time.

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Potential move on the cards

Torreira has only played 137 minutes since returning from injury and now it looks like his time is well and truly up with a return to Italy and a possible move to Torino on the cards. 

A move could well be best for both parties as Arsenal look to build a side capable of playing in the 3-4-3 formation and with adequate replacements for the likes of Xhaka and Ceballos in Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, it would be a smart move by the club to cash in on Torreira.