After a promising start at Arsenal that included a goal in the north London derby against Tottenham, Lucas Torreira’s game time and influence faded and, after two years at the Emirates Stadium, he joined Atlético Madrid on loan for the duration of 2020/21. His energy and tenacity appear to make him well-suited to Diego Simeone’s style of play, though while he will be in his new manager’s plans, Atlético have no option to buy the midfielder once his loan expires. It may therefore be that Arsenal benefit most from his year in Spain – even if the benefit is merely in his value increasing should they decide to sell.
“He is a very hard-working boy, we are going to need him,” Diego Simeone’s said. “He competes very well, he will give us a lot of strength there in the middle of the court. From his first day here he showed he is a guy who is going to give absolutely everything. Hopefully we will see his best form.”