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Lucas Torreira is set to hold a meeting with Arsenal regarding his future, as he is not happy about the role he has been playing under Unai Emery this season, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
If the meeting does not go well, there is a chance that the Uruguayan midfielder could leave as soon as January.
The 23-year-old has only started 3 Premier League games this season, coming off the bench 5 times, with most of his time coming in the cups – he’s made 5 starts and 1 substitute appearance across the Europa League and Carabao Cup.
This gives a definite indication of the role Emery sees him fulfilling at the club for now, though the revelation of the meeting comes just a month after Torreira vowed to work his way back into the team, as reported by The Daily Mail.
Torreira is one Arsenal player who has shown up in big games, with an example being his standout performance in the 4-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur last season.
It is performances such as this that have seen the Uruguayan become a popular figure at the Emirates among many of the clubs’ fans.
His popularity skyrocketed during his first season with the club to the point in which the fans created a chant for him that was once reserved for Patrick Vieira.
Therefore, if the popular midfielder was to leave the club due to issues linked with Unai Emery and his team selections, it could make the manager an even less popular figure at Arsenal than he is already.
He is far from a fan favourite as it is, with many regularly showing discontent about having the Spaniard in charge of their club.
With this in mind, Emery will likely be hoping that he can persuade Torreira to stay when the pair have their meeting.
If he fails to do so, his reputation could take a turn for the worse.