Arsenal announce signing of Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira

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While all eyes are on the World Cup, Arsenal have wasted no time in bringing in fresh blood for Emery's first season in charge of the Gunners.

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria.

"In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game", Emery told the club's website.

The Uruguay global has completed his move to the Premier League club following the end of his involvement at the 2018 World Cup, where his country reached the quarter-finals.

A native of Fray Bentos, Torreira made his senior debut for Serie B side Pescara in 2015, signing for Sampdoria the following summer.

Lucas Torreira has signed for Arsenal from Sampdoria amd will wear the No 11 shirt.

Torreira joins Swiss veteran defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, German goalkeeper Bernd Leno and experienced Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopouloss as new arrivals at the Gunners.

"He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing".

The 5ft 6in holding midfielder flew to London earlier in the week to undergo a medical, and his acquisition will be seen as a huge boost to the club following the recent departure of Jack Wilshere to West Ham.

The Gunners thrashed out an agreement with the Italian Serie A side to seal the signature of the Uruguay global and he has arrived to bolster Unai Emery's options in midfield. His presence in the team will also help Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka in elevating their game knowing that there is an assuring presence in the midfield.

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