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Lucas Torreira sends message to Arsenal fans after Atletico Madrid transfer

Lucas Torreira joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Arsenal (EPA)

Lucas Torreira says it was ‘an absolute privilege’ playing for Arsenal following his move to Atletico Madrid.

The Uruguayan midfielder joined Atletico on a season-long loan on deadline day, which paved the way for Arsenal to complete their £45 million deal to sign Thomas Partey from the Spanish club.

Torreira joined Arsenal from Sampdoria in 2018 and helped the club win the FA Cup under Mikel Arteta last season.

The 24-year-old also came close to winning the Europa League during Unai Emery’s reign and endeared himself to Arsenal fans after he broke down in tears during the 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the final.

And following his departure this week, Torreira has hailed Arsenal and says the club is ‘forever in my heart’.

‘It was an absolute privilege playing for Arsenal these last two seasons! Thanks a lot! We catch up soon!’ Torreira posted on Twitter.

‘Once a Gunner…always a Gunner!!’

Lucas Torreira posted a tribute message to Arsenal’s supporters (Twitter)

Arsenal reportedly angered Atletico during their negotiations for Torreira’s loan but the Gunners have managed to secure a…