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Torreira ‘happy’ with first season at Arsenal, but reveals he is struggling to enjoy life in England

Lucas Torreira says he is ‘happy’ with his first season at Arsenal, but admits he has found adapting to life in England challenging.

The Uruguayan midfielder arrived at the Emirates in a £26m transfer from Sampdoria last summer, with the 23-year-old impressing in spells during his debut campaign in English football.

Torreira says however adapting to England has proved difficult, revealing his preference for life in Italy.

“I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy,” Torreira told Uruguayan outlet Ovacion.

“I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country.

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“The language [barrier] has stopped me, to be able to relate with my teammates and with the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have dialogue.

“And so is the climate. You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you arrive late to your home and it is cloudy.

“It is strange a little bit, the sun, the more of us that we are here and we are accustomed to having always or almost always the sun. But as the years pass, I’m going to be adapting.”

Despite revealing he is struggling to enjoy life in England, Torreira admits he is ‘happy’ with his first season at Arsenal.

The combative midfielder admits getting used to the demands of English football was difficult, though says his debut campaign proved ‘positive’.

“I had to get used to playing every three days, which is very hard. There were many more matches,” he added.

“But for me, the balance was positive and I am satisfied and happy with what I did in the year.”

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