Arsenal transfer news: Gunners give thanks as Lucas Torreira completes permanent exit

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Lucas Torreira Fiorentina May 2022 Credit: PA Images
Lucas Torreira Fiorentina May 2022 Credit: PA Images

Midfielder Lucas Torreira has left Arsenal to join Turkish club Galatasaray on a permanent deal, the Gunners have announced.

Uruguay international Torreira spent the last two seasons on loan in Spain at Atletico Madrid and in Italy at Fiorentina respectively.

The 26-year-old made 89 appearances for the Gunners after moving from Sampdoria in July 2018 at the start of Unai Emery’s reign.

He was an unused substitute when the north London club defeated Chelsea in the 2020 FA Cup final, while he won LaLiga during his temporary switch to Atletico.

“Everyone at Arsenal thanks Lucas for his contribution during his time with us,” read a statement on Arsenal’s website.

“We wish Lucas and his family the best of health and happiness in their new chapter with Galatasaray.”

Torreira had little hope of forcing his way back into the first-team fold at the Emirates after Arsenal‘s signing of Fabio Vieira this summer, while another addition, Oleksandr Zinchenko, is also an option for Mikel Arteta’s engine room.

The former Manchester City star started at left-back in the opening win at Crystal Palace. However, with Kieran Tierney now fully fit after injury problems last season, Zinchenko could be used in midfield where he regularly excels for Ukraine.

Arsenal are next in action on Saturday when they host Leicester City at The Emirates.

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