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Lucas Torreira turned to a psychologist during his miserable second season with Arsenal as he struggled with his lack of opportunities under Mikel Arteta.

Torreira, 25, gradually fell out of favour under Arteta after the Gunners boss replaced Unai Emery in December 2019 despite impressing during his debut 2018/19 season at the Emirates.

The Uruguayan midfielder was shipped out on loan to Atletico Madrid last campaign but failed to break into Diego Simeone's starting XI, although he did pick up a La Liga winners' medal.

Torreira is expected to leave Arsenal this summer and will hope to rekindle his form and confidence after a draining one-and-a-half years.

Torreira has endured a hugely-challenging 18 months at Arsenal and Atletico, as well as off the pitch
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"A year ago I had been working with a psychologist in Spain because when in the second year at Arsenal I played very little," said Torreira, per Metro .

"It was hard for me to really assimilate it because my life depends on football and when I don’t play I have a very bad time, I am in a very bad mood and I many things happen.

"That’s why I started with him and he was giving me a hand with that topic.

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"Out there many years ago they told you 'but how are you going to go to a psychologist, are you crazy?' And today it is very important, especially for us who live a lot of situations being away from the family."

As well as finding life difficult away from his family, Torreira tragically lost his mother to coronavirus at the age of 53 earlier this year.

Torreira was granted special leave to be by her side, and he admits he "wanted to stop playing soccer" in the immediate aftermath of the sad event.

He added: "I wanted to stay in Fray Bentos with my family. I had very little desire to go back to Spain because I had to stay alone there.

"Luckily one of my brothers left with me, but I wanted to be here, with my father, because he was the one who was suffering the most and the one who was hurt the most by this whole situation.

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"He was always with my mother, they went everywhere together and today seeing him alone is a very hard blow that we find difficult to assimilate and we try to be with him, to help him, accompany him and also hold him so that he does not fall because now we have to continue, for us, for him and because the most important reason to continue living is always going to be our mother."

Torreira came through the ranks at Pescara and previously played for Sampdoria, and he is heavily linked with a return to Italy this summer.