Arsenal wantaway Lucas Torreira has opened up on his recent struggles both inside and outside of the footballing world.
The diminutive midfielder joined the Unai Emery revolution with considerable hype in the summer of 2018 and got off to a flying start with consecutive man-of-the-match displays against Liverpool and Tottenham, including netting the fourth goal in an iconic derby win against the latter.
However, the tough-tackler began to become homesick and struggled with life off the pitch, resulting in a drop in form under current boss Mikel Arteta.
Torreira then was loaned to Spanish outlet Atletico Madrid last term, featuring 26 times across all competitions as Diego Simeone’s side won their first La Liga title since 2014.
The 25-year-old, who has been linked with a move back to Italy in recent weeks, has admitted his frustrations at the Emirates Stadium resulted in him seeing a psychologist in the Spanish capital.
“A year ago I had been working with a psychologist in Spain because when in the second year at Arsenal I played very little,” Torreira told the Metro.
“It was hard for me to really assimilate it because my life depends on football and when I don’t play I have a very bad time, I am in a very bad mood and many things happen. That’s why I started with him and he was giving me a hand with that topic.
“Out there many years ago they told you ‘but how are you going to go to a psychologist, are you crazy?’ And today it is very important, especially for us who live a lot of situations being away from the family.”
Torreira also opened up about the tragic loss of his mother, who sadly passed away last year after contracting Covid-19.
“And when my mother’s thing happened, I wanted to stop playing soccer, I wanted to stay in Fray Bentos with my family,” he said. “I had very little desire to go back to Spain because I had to stay alone there.
“Luckily one of my brothers left with me, but I wanted to be here, with my father, because he was the one who was suffering the most and the one who was hurt the most by this whole situation.
“He was always with my mother, they went everywhere together and today seeing him alone is a very hard blow that we find difficult to assimilate and we try to be with him, to help him, accompany him and also hold him so that he does not fall because now we have to continue, for us, for him and because the most important reason to continue living is always going to be our mother.”
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Source by Football London