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Torreira unhappy at ‘change of role’ in Arsenal midfield

The agent of Lucas Torreira has said that his client is unhappy at being asked to play out of position this season.

Torreira made an impressive impact at Arsenal following his £26 million move from Sampdoria in 2018, the Uruguayan looking like one of the signings of the summer after a number of dynamic performances at the base of the Gunners midfield.

However, this time out, Unai Emery has opted to play the 23-year-old in a more advanced, box-to-box role, with Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi being deployed in Torreira’s favoured defensive midfield role.

Torreira has featured in nine of the Gunners’ Premier League games this season, though has started just four, and according to his agent Pablo Bentancur, Torreira has not been pleased with the ‘change of role’ made by Emery.

“Torreira is doing well at Arsenal, even if the change of role does not make him happy, but it must be said that this year the whole team is not going well,” Bentancur told Radio Marteof.

“I don’t know how things are, but I think Arsenal wants to keep him… In the new role, he is not at ease but we respect the coach’s decisions, then we’ll see what happens.”

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