Lucas Torreira has said that it was a telephone conversation with Unai Emery that persuaded him to join Arsenal.
If you would have asked an Arsenal fan six months ago to pick out a central midfielder that they wanted to sign, virtually none of them would have picked out the Uruguayan anywhere within their top five.
However, the lesser known midfielder made the £22 million move from Sampdoria to the Emirates in the summer after some good performances at the World Cup, but has gone on to establish himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet.
As he continues to settle into life in the Premier League, and on the back of scoring two goals in his last three outings, the 22-year-old has said that it was a phone call with newly appointed Arsenal boss Unai Emery that convinced him to swap Italy for England.
“At the end of my last season at Sampdoria there were lots of teams being talked about. I never imagined coming here to England because it was mainly Italian clubs being mentioned,” Torreira told Arsenal’s official website.
“Before I left for the World cup I got a call from the coach which was a massive surprise for me. I knew that I had earned it because of all my hard work and everything that I had done. That phone call made me a happy man.
“It allowed me to relax too because it allowed me to focus all my attention on the national team and the World Cup. I’m so proud to be part of such an important team.”