It has been quite a journey for Lucas Torreira so far.
Still just 22, the midfielder left his native Uruguay in 2013 and went on to make his name in Europe with Pescara and Sampdoria before starring at this year's World Cup.
"It has all happened very quickly," Torreira told Arsenal Player. "I left to Italy from Uruguay when I was 17. In Italy everything went very quickly too. Reaching the top flight was my main target.
"Then I went to Sampdoria, where I had two very good seasons. After that I had a wonderful time in the World Cup.
"I gave my life for my country and now I am getting this opportunity with Arsenal. This chance is unique, every child and every footballer dreams of making it to this kind of club. Today that chance is mine and I will try to make the most of it."
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