Edu explains why Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira wanted to leave Arsenal

Edu oversaw his first transfer window as Arsenal's technical director following the departure of Raul Sanllehi
Edu oversaw his first transfer window as Arsenal’s technical director following the departure of Raul Sanllehi (Picture: Arsenal)

Arsenal technical director Edu insists neither Matteo Guendouzi or Lucas Torreira were forced out of the club and insists both players prompted their departures by approaching Mikel Arteta and himself.

The midfielders, who were recruited by Arsenal two years ago on the recommendation of former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, have both fallen out of the first team picture for differing reasons.

Torreira featured prominently during the early weeks of Arteta’s tenure but failed to win his place back after suffering a serious ankle injury in a fifth round FA Cup tie at Portsmouth just prior to lockdown.

Guendouzi initially benefited from the Uruguay international’s absence by taking his place in the side, but he has been exiled ever since his confrontation with Neal Maupay during a defeat against Brighton back in June.

The France international has joined Lorient on loan, while Torreira has been recruited by Atletico Madrid, but Edu insists the door still remains open at Arsenal for both players who required moves to kick-start their respective careers.

He told ‘The market situation was really strange. It was difficult to manage well because nobody was 100% comfortable to do the deals.

‘Even loan players or to swap players was even more difficult. I think we did it quite well. If you see Lucas Torreira, if you see Matteo I think for them it was really really important to move, play more games, be more comfortable and happier because both came to me and Mikel to talk about the possibility to go to have more game and play more minutes.

‘When you see the clubs they went to it was brilliant. Lucas went to Atletico Madrid which is a very important club going to play Champions League.

‘They play quite a nice system, the way they are playing for Lucas Torreira then you see Hertha Berlin and it’s a similar situation with Lucas. To play more games, develop his career and of course we are going to be following them because they are still Arsenal players and this is important to mention.’

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