The Gunners paid £26m to Serie A’s Sampdoria for Torreira in July 2018. Unfortunately for the Gunners, Torreira failed to bed-in to the north London side. The midfielder’s inability to bed-in to the team led to loan moves to Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina.
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Last season, Torreira played on loan at Fiorentina, helping La Viola finish in the top half of the Serie A table. Having made an impact for at both Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina, it is a surprise that Torreira has chosen Galatasaray over other clubs. The low price Galatasaray paid for Torreira is also a shock after the Gunners paid so much money for the midfielder just four years ago.
Torreira’s decision to play for Galatasaray could be directly related to the World Cup in November. The midfielder will likely be included in the Uruguay national team squad for the World Cup in Qatar. Playing for Galatasaray will give Torreira the chance to play regularly and ahead of the tournament. Had the midfielder remained at Arsenal or gone to another big team in Europe, he may not have played as much as hoped prior to the World Cup.
The midfielder played a mere 89 times for Arsenal, scoring four goals and assisting six in all competitions. Torreira played just two seasons at the Emirates before moving on loan to Spain.
Torreira’s first season at Arsenal saw him play 34 Premier League goals. He scored two goals and added two assists to the Gunners’ cause that season. In the follow-up campaign, Torreira played 29 times for the Gunners in the league, scoring once and assisting one goal.
In 2018, when Torreira was signed by Arsenal, he was expected to solve the various midfield problems Arsenal had and, in many ways, still do. Arteta was never convinced by the Uruguay international and was happy to let him leave.
Arsenal are attempting to offload a few unwanted players at the club. Manager Mikel Arteta has highlighted a few players that he wants to move on and the funds generated could see Arsenal reinvest in the squad. Along with Torreira, defenders Pablo Mari and Hector Bellerin are expected to leave before the transfer window closes in September.
If Arteta can raise more funds this summer, he could sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby. The forward is one of Arsenal’s top emerging targets. The Gunners are also still interested in midfielder Youri Tielemans. The Belgian could arrive to add depth to the Arsenal midfield.
The Gunners started the Premier League season with an away 2-0 win against Crystal Palace. The victory raised hopes of a strong season from Arteta’s squad.
Arsenal loanee keeps his 4th clean sheet
Arthur Okonkwo saving a penalty for Arsenal against Plymouth Argyle (Photo via Arete on Twitter)Crewe Alexandra came out on top against Kevin Betsy’s Crawley Town on Saturday, with the former Arsenal academy coach unable to find a way past his old goalkeeper, Arthur Okonkwo.
Okonkwo kept his fourth clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 win, making it nine goals conceded in nine games.
It’s a very solid start for the young Gunner, who celebrated his 21st birthday earlier this month.
Just as encouraging as his performances is the fact Okonkwo has been featuring so consistently so far. The goalkeeper is yet to miss a minute of his side’s League Two campaign.
Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo warming up before the UEFA Europa League match at Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal. Copyright: Focus ImagesGoalkeeper loans can be a bit hit and miss, as it’s often hard to break in if you don’t make the starting lineup immediately.
Conversely, if you can nail down your place in the early stages of the loan, it sets you up well to play regularly all year.
So far, it doesn’t appear that Okonkwo is going to have much trouble earning minutes with Crewe.
Referee gets life ban for holding VAR review on fan’s mobile phone
Serbian referee Stefan Lazovic who used footage on a fan’s mobile phone for VAR review to overturn an offside decision has been banned for life.
Lazovic went viral after pictures emerged of his VAR check in one of Serbia’s lower-tier competitions earlier this week.
He had originally ruled out a goal for offside before studying the spectator’s video, eventually deciding that the player was in fact onside.
And the Sun reports that Serbian chiefs were not impressed by the decision and have since stripped Lazovic of his duties.
Lazovic’s alleged dismissal sparked outrage on social media, as fans stood in support of the referee.
Former Manchester United and Chelsea star Nemanja Matic commented on an Instagram post supporting Lazovic with a two raised hands emoji.
The original comment written by ftbl.serbia read: “Support for Stefan Lazovic! Why should only he suffer, why such a rigorous sentence, why a lifetime ban from trial?
“How is it possible that there is no penalty for the delegate and all other authorities from the responsible FS of that district?
“How could the match be allowed to be played without one assistant referee?! Who is responsible here? Why does Stefan’s spear break?
“At the end of the day, the fact that he watched the video and changed the decision, just shows that he wanted everything to be FAIR!
“He talks about the fact that he was not a slave to his vanity, but he admitted and corrected his mistake.
“Well, this video went around the world and now millions of people have heard about the ‘over there’ football clubs Popovic and Apollon, as well as the village of Vrnjci!
“In short, we appeal to the judges’ organisation and the competent authorities – now you CHANGE the decision! Let the VAR system work for you too and cancel the penalty. Correct the ERROR!
“SUPPORT FOR STEFAN LAZOVIC!”
Dani Alves claims European football ‘full of racists’ after Vinicius Jnr slur
Dani Alves has claimed that the European football is “full of racists” as he responded to the racist abuse Vinicius Jnr was targeted with in Spain.
Real Madrid’s 22-year-old forward was targeted with a racist slur by agent Pedro Bravo, who said during an El Chiringuito discussion of the Brazil international that “in Spain, you have to respect rivals and stop playing the monkey”.
Following a backlash alleging that this was a racist stereotype, Bravo has subsequently apologised on social media by claiming that he misused a metaphor. It has opened a discussion across Spain and further afield of the language and attitude applied towards footballers with racial undertones.
Vinicius Junior has vowed to keep his goal dancing celebrations as they show “the happiness of a black Brazilian in Europe”, with his celebrations similar to those of his fellow Brazilian stars over the years – including international teammate Neymar.
Indeed, the Paris Saint-Germain star took to Twitter to defend his Vinicius: “Dribble, dance and be you! Happy just the way you are. Go for it my boy, next goal we dance.” Meanwhile, Brazil legend Pele added: “Football is joy. It’s a dance. It’s a real party. Although racism still exists, we will not allow that to stop us from continuing to smile.”
However, Alves has now gone further in his reaction to the fallout from Bravo’s comments in Spain by hitting out at the culture within European football. The right-back – who is currently playing for Mexican club Pumas having joined from Barcelona earlier this year – has stated that he experienced elements of racism everywhere he went on the continent.
Alves wrote on Twitter: “It is serious that there are idiots who continue to think that the dances are the problem. Gentlemen, the real problem is that Europe is full of RACISTs and they do not accept that other nationalities stand out in their country more than they do. I experienced that in almost every place there.”
A statement from Real Madrid added that they condemned “regrettable and unfortunate comments made against our player” and would take legal action against anyone making racist comments towards members of their squad. The Brazilian Football Federation called for “dancing, dribbling and above all respect” in a statement of solidarity.
Brazil’s legendary striker Ronaldo, formerly of Real Madrid, joined in the condemnation of the abuse directed at Vinicius: “Your dances do not disrespect anyone, racism does: it disrespects, excludes, hurts and kills.”
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