Gilberto Silva believes Lucas Torreira still has a future at Arsenal, despite Mikel Arteta deeming the Uruguay international surplus to requirements in the summer.
Torreira joined the Gunners from Sampdoria following his exploits at the 2018 World Cup and made an instant impact in north London. His influence waned last season, however, with Unai Emery unsuccessfully attempting to reinvent him as an attacking midfielder.
The 24-year-old featured prominently during the early stages of Mikel Arteta’s reign, but after he suffered an ankle injury in March he struggled to win his place back in the side once the campaign resumed following a three-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Torreira was subsequently loaned out for the season to Atletico Madrid, allowing Arsenal the opportunity to sign Thomas Partey in a £45million deal from the Spanish club.
There is no obligation to buy clause in the deal that took Torreira to the Wanda Metropolitano and former Invincibles midfielder Gilberto feels his fellow South American is capable of winning back Arteta’s trust.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Tottenham v Arsenal, he said: ‘I think Lucas Torreira had a good start to his career at Arsenal.
‘He played some really good games, but then last season he played some not-so-good games and was dropped to the bench as a result.
‘At some point players will believe they don’t have a chance at a team – especially when a new manager comes in – but Torreira definitely has quality. He’s a great player.’