Torreira takes Ozil’s old number and predicts ‘very nice’ future

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Arsenal’s new midfielder Lucas Torreira has been handed the number 11 shirt, until recently owned by Mesut Ozil, after the Gunners confirmed his arrival from Sampdoria.

The 22-year-old, who has been at the World Cup with Uruguay, will meet up with his new teammates for pre-season training in a few weeks after a well-deserved rest.

In the meantime, it’s fair to say he’s excited about his move to London.

“I feel very happy,” he told Arsenal.com. “I want to make the most of this opportunity life has given me. I am really looking forward to starting this new adventure.

“For a while I’ve been receiving loads of messages in my social media accounts. I guess it’s all down to the fact there were talks of me moving to Arsenal even before the World Cup started. I am very happy and I hope I can meet all the fans very soon.”

On Arsenal fans tracking his flight to London, he added: “It’s a very positive thing that people want to welcome me.

“It makes me feel comfortable. Now I am calm and I look forward to the future, which for sure will be very nice.”

New head coach Unai Emery is also enthusiastic at the prospect of working with Torreira.

“In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game,” he told Arsenal.com.

“A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup.

“He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing. We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season.”

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215Arse
215Arse

A DM, finally. Welcome to the Arsenal!

PeteyB
PeteyB

One can only assume that since he’s been given the number 11 he’ll be filling the winger shaped hole in our squad, rather than the DM position we expected.

Pedant
Pedant

Just who we need. Look forward to a mix between Santi size/skills and a bulldog defensively.

1993
1993

My friend, only Santi can do Santi.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Santi is the footballing version of Chuck Norris.

Gooooonnnnnnaaaaaaa
Gooooonnnnnnaaaaaaa

My take on Torreira having never watched him play before the World Cup is that if you somehow got Santi and Coqeulin to bread, Lucas Torreira is what you’d get.

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

No matter how you slice it, an analogy like that takes a lot of crust!

Man Manny
Man Manny

Looking forward to seeing this ‘little man’ grow into the best DM in Europe in an Arsenal shirt.
Welcome bro.

Gooners & Roses
Gooners & Roses

Get in!

el_primo
el_primo

Our Kante

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

You mean, they missed out on Torreira

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I remember Tillman once said the perfect midfield partner for our current midfield would be someone who we could fuse Coquein with Santi to create.

Took a while in the lab, but we finally got it right.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

I’m sorry. He’s not a santi. The latter is technically superior by a distance.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Missed my point, but whatever.

GoonerG
GoonerG

Many of us have waited about 20 transfer windows for this moment.

Just checked the calendar, it’s not April 1st. Just a great day to be a Gooner.

Welcome and good luck!

arseaddict
arseaddict

That signing video is dope. But Sokratis’s probably takes the cake for the best signing video in recent Arsenal history

Vehcede
Vehcede

Nah, I’ll go with Auba’s

Trex d' Gunner
Trex d' Gunner

These recent signings just proved that there were some serious fundamental flaws in how the club handled it’s transfer business in the last 10years. Laxity and a sense of entitlement permeated through the entire structure of our beloved Arsenal.
Thank Bergkamp that’s over. I can’t remember being so excited about a new season in such a long time

Merteslacker
Merteslacker

It’s a weird window…it’s as if management actually has a way to hear what fans want…

Glad to see Bergkamp remains revered by fans!

420Goonerblayzeit
420Goonerblayzeit

GET IN THEIRRA!!!

shokim
shokim

I hope he’ll have a nice future with us too.

But with so many new players incoming, when are we going to start selling?

Tagar
Tagar

A DM with # 11 at the back. Arsenal is back 🙂

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

We don’t really do numbers very well do we?

santori
santori

He looks like he will add some bite to our midfield.

May lack height but didn’t stop Makelele, Marscherano, Kante, or indeed Santi.

We have lacked control in midfield for some time now. Hope he can dovetail with Granit and secure the central area better plus track runners into the box.

Looked diligent and aware in the Wcup.

The only exciting prospect thus far aside from this French 19yr old Emery has identified.

still in need of a wide player though.

Rob67
Rob67

Interesting that he seems to be an Unai signing, rather than the drive coming from elsewhere. But proof that the new set is working for the common – Arsenal – good. 👍👍👍

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

I quite like his braces. He’s what you get if you cross a hooligan with a Bond villain. Awesome!

Timack

Lucas Torreira our small but very tenacious DM!! hope you’ll be fantastic for us from game 1! No more opening us up easily cuz you’ll get f***** over.

DOB
DOB

welcome TENACIOUS T

Teakster
Teakster

L.A.N.S

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

This one actually is a new signing

Mentalist
Mentalist

Like an old signing then, since we’ve known it for a few weeks

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Like an old signing, except new

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Please let this not be the last transfer. For we are in dire need of wide players.
Until we get one, I’ll stick with my opinion that this is an above average transfer window.

Mentalist
Mentalist

Akinfenwa next

Wolf
Wolf

They might need to get an XXXXL shirt made for The Beast though.

Da Boss
Da Boss

I bet you shit under the Christmas tree don’t you

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

I rather like the way the new manager seems to have a distinct sense of purpose and not only identified a quality player but also purchased him!!! I think we will get back into the top four, possibly surprise a few people and get second, as well as winning in Europe

Flash
Flash

Looks like alexis in that pic. I’ll take it as a good omen rather than a bad.

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Alexis who?

Flash
Flash

Sanchez. Sorry, I thought it would be obvious enough from alexis. I guess I give some people too much credit

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Who is this Alexis Sanchez you speak of?

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

Irony alert… (some people never learn!)

afan
afan

you know, that world class player wenger sold so he could afford to pay that average player ozil,s wages

Chidi
Chidi

Jeez…. I must have been living under a rock or something. No clue bro

Gooseh
Gooseh

See he was looking at visit Rwanda like wtf

2.0
2.0

Missed a great opportunity there – Fly “with” Emirates “to” Rwanda.

Whynot
Whynot

It would be quite wonderful if we spent the season advertising a tourist destination and an airline that doesnt fly there

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

I was looking forward to a crazy made up explanation from the club as to the choice of number. 11 is half his age, he’s born on the 11th, he was 11 when he first saw an Arsenal game, he keeps a stock of 11 flavours of Fray Bentos tinned pies in his suitcase for away trips…

hotfuzz14
hotfuzz14

Hahahaha you had me totally guffawing

Yagunnersya
Yagunnersya

These pitbull bastard’ish signings of late are true game changers. With Lichtsteiner, Sokratis and Kolasinac at the back combined with Torreira Arsenal have turned into an Orc’ish defense… and less elegant Elvish. And that’s a good thing.

DBMÖ10
DBMÖ10

So with 10 , 11 and 23 gone, what no. Will Dybala be given ? 😂

Pires4life
Pires4life
Kevin
Kevin

We need to get our shit together on those squad numbers. DM – 11 will do nicely, keeper – 19 for you sir. Next we’ll sign a new number 3 – striker that is…

LVACC
LVACC

Asamoah Gyan

Kevin
Kevin

Har to Google that. Holy shit.

constant

thats emre’s new arsenal. now out of wengerr. am excited for the season.ooohhhh

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Is he our first Uruguayan player?
I can’t think of another one.