Arsenal have confirmed the signing of the 22-year-old midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria on a long-term contract.
The Uruguayan international, who impressed at this summer’s World Cup in Russia and featured in all of his country’s matches, joins from the Serie A for a fee believed to be in the region of £25m.
"I am used to coping with this kind of thing in the best possible way. It's a very positive thing that people want to welcome me. It makes me feel comfortable.
"Now I am calm and I look forward to the future, which for sure will be very nice.
“I feel very happy,” said Torreira. ”I want to make the most of this opportunity life has given me. I am really looking forward to starting this new adventure.”
He has been handed the number 11 shirt for the 2018/19 campaign and will join up with the squad in early August.
“In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game,” boss Emery added.
“He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing. We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season.”