Lucas Torreira

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Lucas Torreira
Lucas Torreira (cropped).jpg
Torreira with Uruguay at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Lucas Sebastián Torreira Di Pascua[1]
Date of birth (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Fray Bentos, Uruguay
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Youth career
2010–2013 18 de Julio
2013 Montevideo Wanderers
2013–2014 Pescara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Pescara 5 (0)
2015–2018 Sampdoria 71 (4)
2015–2016Pescara (loan) 29 (4)
2018– Arsenal 22 (2)
National team
2018– Uruguay 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:27, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:27, 23 December 2018 (UTC)

Lucas Sebastián Torreira Di Pascua (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlukas toˈreiɾa]; born 11 February 1996) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal and the Uruguay national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Torreira started his youth football career at hometown club I.A. 18 de Julio of Fray Bentos. In 2013, he joined Montevideo Wanderers' youth team before moving to Italy where he joined Pescara's youth team.[citation needed]


Torreira playing for Pescara in 2014

Before the 2014–15 season, Torreira was called up for Pescara's first team and, on 25 October 2014, he sat on the bench for the first time. He made his senior debut in Serie B on 16 May 2015 against Varese, playing the game as a starter. He played 58 minutes before being replaced with Matteo Politano.

On 1 July 2015, Torreira was transferred to Sampdoria for €1.5 million, but he remained with Pescara on loan for the 2015–16 season to gain first-team experience.[3] On 2 July, his loan to Pescara became official.[4] On 9 August 2015, Torreira scored his first professional goal against F.C. Südtirol in the 2015–16 Coppa Italia.


After the Pescara loan ended, Torreira returned to Sampdoria on 1 July 2016. On 21 August 2016, Torreira made his Serie A debut in their opening game against Empoli at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.[5] He started the game and played the entirety of the 90+ minutes on the field.[citation needed]

He became a regular for Sampdoria in the 2016–17 season, and continued showing his importance to the team in the 2017–18 season; scoring vital goals, including the second goal in Sampdoria's 3–2 win over Juventus in November.[citation needed]


On 10 July 2018, Torreira joined English club Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £26.4m.[6] Torreira was given the number 11 shirt, previously worn by Mesut Özil, who took the vacant number 10 following the departure of Jack Wilshere.[7]

2018–19 season[edit]

Torreira made his Premier League debut on 12 August, coming on as a substitute on the 70th minute in a 2–0 defeat to Manchester City.[8] Torreira registered his first assist of the season, by setting up Alexandre Lacazette's winning goal in a 3–2 win over Cardiff City.[9] Torreira made his full-debut and his Europa League debut for Arsenal in the 4–2 win over FC Vorskla Poltava, before being replaced in the 57th minute by Mattéo Guendouzi.[10] Torreira's performance in Arsenal's 1–1 draw with Liverpool drew particularly high praise from fans and pundits alike, picking up the man-of-the-match award.[11] On 2 December, Torreira scored his first Arsenal goal and picked up another man-of-the-match award against Tottenham Hotspur when he latched on to a pass from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to slot the ball past Hugo Lloris to give Arsenal a fourth goal in a 4–2 North London derby victory. A week later, on 8 December, Torreira scored a late 83rd-minute winner against Huddersfield Town with a bicycle kick, giving him his second goal in as many games at the Emirates Stadium. In the match, Torreira was also awarded his fifth consecutive Arsenal Man of the Match performance.[12]

International career[edit]

Torreira was born in Uruguay, and is of Spanish descent through his paternal grandfather from Galicia.[13] He holds a Spanish passport, and was scouted by the senior Italy national football team before he was capped by Uruguay.[14]

Torreira was called up to full Uruguay squad for the 2018 China Cup in March 2018.[15] He made his debut in the 2–0 win over the Czech Republic in the China Cup semi final.[16]

In May 2018, he was named in Uruguay's provisional 26 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[17]

Style of play[edit]

Upon signing for Arsenal in 2018, The Independent's Jack Austin stated "Torreira is exactly the kind of no-nonsense midfielder the club have been craving", adding that in Uruguay colours during the 2018 World Cup "he went about his job as the deep-lying pivot in the middle of the park with none of the fuss and all of the discipline of a player who has built a tidy reputation for himself in Serie A", while assessing his chief weaknesses as a lack of height in aerial duels and little goal threat.[18]

WhoScored notes that he is a player that likes to shoot from distance and often gets fouled. They also note that he likes to play short passes and make tackles.[19]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 12 January 2019[20]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pescara 2014–15 Serie B 5 0 0 0 3 0 8 0
Pescara (loan) 2015–16 Serie B 29 4 2 1 3 1 34 6
Total 34 4 2 1 0 0 6 1 42 6
Sampdoria 2016–17 Serie A 35 0 1 0 36 0
2017–18 Serie A 36 4 2 0 38 4
Total 71 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 74 4
Arsenal 2018–19 Premier League 22 2 3 0 3 0 28 2
Career total 127 10 7 1 3 0 6 1 143 12

1 Other tournaments include Serie B Promotion playoffs


As of match played 24 November 2018[21]
Year Apps Goals
2018 13 0
Total 13 0


  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of players: Uruguay" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 32. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Lucas Torreira: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. ^ "DONE DEAL: Sampdoria sign Pescara midfielder Lucas Torreira". 1 July 2015.
  5. ^ "U.C. Sampdoria – Serie A TIM 2016/2017: Empoli – Sampdoria". Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Arsenal: Lucas Torreira agrees deal & Matteo Guendouzi set for medical". 10 July 2018 – via
  7. ^ "Lucas Torreira to join Arsenal".
  8. ^ Begley, Emlyn (12 August 2018). "Arsenal 0–2 Manchester City: Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva give champions win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
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  11. ^ Stadium, Barney Ronay at the Emirates (4 November 2018). "Lucas Torreira, the Mighty Insect, embodies Arsenal's new grit - Barney Ronay" – via
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  13. ^ "La historia de esfuerzo de Lucas Torreira contada por su padre".
  14. ^ "Lucas Torreira, el cinco más completo del Calcio – Sphera Sports". 29 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Torreira earns first Uruguayan call-up – Get Italian Football News".
  16. ^ "Torreira makes Uruguay debut in China Cup victory over Czech Republic – U.C. Sampdoria". 23 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists -".
  18. ^ Austin, Jack (10 July 2018). "Arsenal transfer news: This is what Lucas Torreira will bring to Unai Emery's midfield, World Cup 2018 scouting report". The Independent. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Lucas Torreira Football Statistics |". Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  20. ^ "L. Torreira: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Torreira, Lucas". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 25 August 2018.