LUCAS TORREIRA is refusing to give up on his Arsenal career – despite making just two Premier League starts this season.
The Uruguyan star, 23, has struggled to make an impact this season, with youngsters including Joe Willock preferred to him.
1 Lucas Torreira is not deterred by spending much of this season on the benchCredit: Getty
But Torreira has said he is happy to fight for his spot in Unai Emery's XI and will overcome this bump in the road.
When asked if he was upset at the way this season has gone, the former Sampdoria star revealed: “I don’t know whether I’d say it’s frustrating.
“All players want to play, they obviously want to be in the starting XI – that’s completely normal. But that’s not something that depends on me.
“It’s down to the coach to make those decisions and really I have to respect that. Right now it’s about not giving up.
“You have to continue working hard and whether I’m playing in the starting XI or from the bench I want to give my all for the team. That’s the kind of player I am.
“I like to give 100 per cent for the shirt to help my team-mates and to give the fans something to cheer about.”
Torreira was a near-ever-present for the Gunners last season – Emery's first in charge of the club – making 50 appearances in all competitions, including 34 in the Premier League.
But game-time has been hard to come by this season, with Willock, Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos preferred.
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Now Emery has revealed Torreira could come in for more minutes if he tweaks his tactics a little, with the Uruguayan international playing in a more advanced role.
The Spanish boss said: “His qualities are that he can give us good pressing, and he can win the ball high up the pitch to give us the possession to score.
“He did that [in the 3-0 Europa League win at Eintracht Frankfurt]. After, we need someone with the ball and in his position, he can help us with the build-up.”