Mikel Arteta speaks out on Lucas Torreira’s miserable loan spell at Atletico Madrid

Lucas Torreira has failed to make an impact while on loan at Atletico Madrid from Arsenal
Lucas Torreira has failed to make an impact while on loan at Atletico Madrid from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has admitted he is unhappy at the way Lucas Torreira’s loan move to Atletico Madrid has panned out.

The Uruguay international was deemed surplus to requirements in the summer following the arrival of Thomas Partey but had hoped to relaunch his career in the Spanish capital.

Torreira’s battling qualities appeared as though they would be ideally suited to Atletico’s playing style under Diego Simeone but he has struggled to make an impact.

Indeed, the 25-year-old’s last start in La Liga came two months ago while he played just eight minutes across both legs of Atletico’s Champions League last 16 tie against Chelsea.

Asked for his reaction to Torreira’s lack of game time at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Liverpool, Arteta scoffed before offering a withering assessment.

Thomas Partey's arrival effectively swayed Arsenal's decision to allow Lucas Torreira to leave on loan
Thomas Partey’s arrival effectively swayed Arsenal’s decision to allow Lucas Torreira to leave on loan (Picture: Getty)

He said: ‘I’m more happy with some than others, obviously because you want to see your players playing regularly and that’s not been the case (with Torreira).’

The former Sampdoria midfielder is among a clutch of Arsenal players currently out on loan with the likes of Mateo Guendouzi, William Saliba, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock all having departed on a temporary basis in search of regular first team action.

That quartet have endured mixed fortunes at their new homes but Arteta insists it is too early to say whether or not those youngsters will be retained, or sold to raise additional transfer funds during the summer transfer window.

On the futures of Arsenal’s loan players, Arteta said: ‘That will be a thing that we will have to address at the end of the season.

‘We loaned them because we obviously want to give them some game time and see the level that they can perform at away from here to try to develop them and try to bring them back here to use them and be part of us, that’s the first idea.

‘After that we will evaluate what they have done, what level they’ve shown and how much they can accomplish with the way we want to play and the squad that we have in our hands.’

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