Lucas Torreira joins from Sampdoria and has signed a five-year deal to become Arsenal’s fourth signing of the summer as the club look to move on from the reign of Arsene Wenger.
Emery, who was appointed as Wenger’s successor in May, has worked alongside head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and head of football relations Raul Sanllehi to identify and sign the players they believe can improve on last season’s sixth-place finish in the Premier League.
Defensive positions were clearly made the priority as Torreira follows in the footsteps of full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, goalkeeper Bernd Leno and centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos in signing for the Gunners.
Torreira, who cost Arsenal a reported £27million, featured in all of Uruguay’s World Cup games and started the quarter-final defeat at the hands of France.
The club announced the signing on Tuesday afternoon, with Emery delighted to add Torreira to his squad.
The wait is over… it's #TimeForTorreira ?
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“In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game,” he told Arsenal’s official website.
“A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup.
“He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing. We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season.”