Lucas Torreira opens up about Unai Emery at Arsenal
Lucas Torreira opens up about his start to life at Arsenal following his transfer last summer
Lucas Torreira has explained how Unai Emery has played a big part in helping him to settle into life at Arsenal.
The 23-year-old midfielder joined the north London side from Sampdoria in last summer’s transfer window as one of Emery’s first signings after the Spaniard was appointed as Arsene Wenger’s successor back in May of last year.
Torreira has quickly gone on to establish himself as one of the fans’ favourites at The Emirates and he has been a regular fixture in the Arsenal team this season.
The midfielder has scored two goals and made two assists in 26 Premier League games this term, although eight of those appearances have come from the bench as Emery eased him into the starting XI in the first part of the campaign.
And Torreira has explained how Emery has helped him to quickly feel comfortable at The Emirates.
Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s website, Torreira said: “Unai Emery has also helped me a lot since I arrived. It´s very important that he can explain things to me in Spanish, especially at the beginning when it was all a bit more complicated due to the language.
“Unai and his staff can give me some directions in Spanish when needed, which is really helpful.
“My first target was to establish myself in the team. I feel like I’ve done that now. I wanted to understand the Premier League’s style of playing, because this is very different to Italian football.
“We have big targets but my biggest target is to keep on improving as a player and as a person so my team-mates get to know the kind of person I am.”
He continued: “I want to carry on working hard. There’s no more important path than hard work.
“I had a nice reminder of that a few weeks ago. After training I went to my local supermarket to pick up a few things. I was looking through the shelves and saw some Fray Bentos tinned meat.
“Can you imagine that? My hometown’s name in a British supermarket, nearly 7,000 miles away! It made me smile and remember how far I’ve come too.
“It was very hard for me to get where I am now. That’s why it’s so enjoyable. I’ve had to work so hard to get to this stage in my career but for me, the hard work has only just begun.”
Arsenal are set to take on BATE Borisov in the Europa League last 32 first leg on Thursday night before the return leg at The Emirates next week.
The north London side are not in Premier League action again until their home clash against Southampton on Sunday 24 February.