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Arsenal legend praises Lucas Torreira signing

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised the signing of Lucas Torreira after what he described as a “great” World Cup for the Uruguay midfielder.

The Gunners clinched the signing of the former Sampdoria midfielder on Tuesday after weeks of speculation he was to move to North London.

Arsenal agreed a £26 million deal with Sampdoria for the 22-year-old, however will pay just £8 million per year over the next three summers as manager Unai Emery looks to stick within his tight transfer budget.

Torreira is the Gunners’ fourth signing of the summer so far after Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and Ian Wright believes the Uruguayan can be a big hit at The Emirates once he adapts to his new surroundings.

“Great momentum in this window,” Wright wrote on Twitter, “Sokratis and Lichtsteiner’s age and experience balanced off with one (maybe two) exciting young players.

“Great season & WC for Torreira and he could slot straight in but will need some time to settle. Patience key.”

Torreira enjoyed a fine World Cup campaign as Uruguay reached the quarter-finals, impressing with his tenacious displays in the middle of the park.

And Unai Emery, who had also seen him play with Sampdoria last season, also believes the youngster will be an excellent addition to his squad ahead of the new campaign.

“In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game,” Emery told the Arsenal website.

“A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup.

“He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing. We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season.”


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