Ever since he burst on to the scene, Lucas Torreira has been compared to Marco Verratti - and our new midfielder is a big fan of the PSG midfielder.
The 22-year-old spoke to Arsenal Media about similarities, and also his ambitions for the future. This is what he said:
Which players in your position do you look up to? Is Marco Verratti an inspiration for you?
I try to look up to the best players and steal something from all of them. When I am on the pitch I try to play my way and make my contribution to the team. But it is true that I really like Verratti. I spent two years in his former club Pescara and supporters compared me to him. I went on checking his style and I liked it.
This is a new start for you but also a new start for Arsenal with Unai Emery the new head coach. What excites you about this club’s potential?
I like Arsenal because it is a top team. It is a great club playing in the best league in the world. I am also excited about playing with my new teammates. I always followed Arsenal because I like Premier League crowds. Stadia are always full! Those things are a source of motivation for me. That’s why I am here today.
Which players do you know about already?
I know many Arsenal players. I had the chance to meet some of them this morning and say “hi”. I cannot wait to start training with them.
We’ll finish where we started. You told us how excited you are about playing for Arsenal. Can you look into the camera and send our fans a message?
I would like to say thanks to the fans for all the love and support they have shared on my social media. I am here today as a new Arsenal player and we’ll see each other very soon. We will enjoy this beautiful moment. I send you all a big hug.
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