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Mikel Arteta is confident Lucas Torreira will ‘keep pushing’ as he bids to get more game-time at Atletico Madrid after speaking to the Arsenal midfielder about his loan spell in the Spanish capital.
Uruguay international Torreira, who joined Arsenal in 2018 from Sampdoria, signed a season-long loan deal with Atletico in October.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a bright start to his loan under Diego Simeone but has found regular game-time harder to come by in recent weeks.
Arteta says he is not concerned by Torreira’s situation at Atletico and is confident he will ‘keep pushing’ following a conversation they have had.
‘I have had some conversations with Lucas,’ Arteta said on Monday morning.
‘He started the loan period really well, now he’s lacking game-time. It can happen, the team is doing exceptionally well.
‘They are first in the Spanish La Liga so when a team is winning it can be difficult to get in the line-up.
‘But it’s a long season, I know Lucas’ character, he’s going to try to keep going and pushing. Let’s see what happens with him.’
Following a dismal run earlier in the season, Arsenal have won their last four matches and face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday night.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace are currently one point and four places behind Arsenal in the Premier League table and beat bottom-placed Sheffield United in their last outing.