23-year-old star decided to remain at Arsenal despite several offers
Lucas Torreira has hinted he has no intention of leaving the London club in winter and is determined to force his way back into the starting line-up under Freddie Ljungberg.
The 23-year-old midfielder enjoyed a fantastic debut season last campaign following his £26m transfer from Sampdoria, catching the eye with a series of combative performances at the base of Gunners midfield.
Spanish manager appeared to have lost faith in Lucas’ skill to play as a conventional defensive midfielder and had attempted to reinvent him as a more attack-minded footballer this campaign.
Unai Emery was sacked last week, replaced on an interim basis by Freddie, but Uruguay international was against forced to settle for a place on the bench with Norwich on the weekend before he was introduced with 20 minutes remaining.
Reports last week suggested Uruguayan midfielder was contemplating his future amid interest from Napoli and AC Milan, but in a wide-ranging interview with London club’s official website, he suggested he was committed to the Emirates.
Lucas said: ‘My goal for the future is to play. I’m 23. All players want to play, to compete, to fight for your team. I want to help my partners to achieve our aims this campaign.’
On the adjustments Torreira has had to make to his game to adapt the demands of PL football, he added: ‘The main thing for me to adapt to was the tempo here. ‘When I arrived here, I felt like I was lacking something like the match was being played at a much faster pace.