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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

OFFICIAL: Arsenal Sign Lucas Torreira From Sampdoria For £26.5m (Photos)

Arsenal have announced the signing of Midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria in a £26.5m deal.

The 22-year-old has signed a five year contract deal with the Gunners until 2023.

Torreira is expected to start for Arsenal next season with Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey also competing for a slot in midfield.

Read his first interview interview below:

Lucas, welcome to England. How excited are you to be an Arsenal player?

Thanks a lot! I feel very happy. I want to make the most of this opportunity life has given me. I am really looking forward to starting this new adventure.

The Arsenal fans are clearly excited too -they were tracking your flight to London online! What do you think of that?

Yes, 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.

Did you know the fans were tracking your flight to London online?

No, I didn't know about it, but I am here and I will see them all soon.

How does that make you feel?

I feel calm. I am used to coping with this kind of thing in the best possible way. It'sa 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.

Our fans really enjoyed your performances at the World Cup - how proud are you to represent your country?

I feel very proud of it, it all turned out great for me. I wasn't part of the team during the World Cup qualifiers, but eventually I made it to the World Cup. It was marvellous to experience World Cupmoments with the Uruguay squad family.I tried to enjoy the World Cup as much as I could.

Arsenal fans especially enjoyed the footage of you at the World Cup challenging Cristiano Ronaldo...

That was one of the games I enjoyed the most. We made a terrific effort against Portugal and we ended up winning the game and qualifying for the quarter-finals.

And they also liked the footage of you heading the ball on the ground!

That was a moment in the game in whichI had no other choice than to head the ball on the floor. I didn't want the opponent getting into our box. I decided to go with my head. That video became viral!

The former Sampdoria man joins Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner.


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