Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed feeling deep sympathy for Lucas Torreira over the Uruguayan’s need to return home to South America.
The Arsenal loanee, who is currently playing his football at Atletico Madrid, lost his dear mother to Covid-19 late last month. Consequently, the 25-year-old has expressed a clear need to leave Europe to become closer to his family.
“Of course we contacted him,” Arteta told journalists, as quoted by Goal.
“We have spoken to him and we know how difficult a time this is for him. He was really attached to his mum and he's really attached to his family.
“It's a hard time for him and emotionally there is a lot of thoughts that will go through his mind. When things are like that, it's not the moment to make decisions.
“I understand how he's feeling emotionally. He probably feels the need and responsibility to be closer to his family.
“But it's not the moment to make any decisions and it certainly is a decision that has to be made by different parties. Now, nothing is going to change. It's just an interview with some comments. Let's see what happens.
“We know that when you recruit a player from a foreign country, when they have that struggle sometimes to adapt to a new culture, a new language, a new way of doing things. This risk is there and then you have to be able to manage that risk and make the right decisions at the right time,” the Spaniard concluded.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are hours away from a UEFA Europa League first leg quarter-final at home to Slavia Prague.