Arsenal have acquired a "very bright talent" in their latest signing Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira said the Premier League side's manager Unai Emery on Tuesday.
The Uruguay worldwide has completed his move to the Premier League club following the end of his involvement at the 2018 World Cup, where his country reached the quarter-finals.
He was warmly greeted by Unai Emery at London Colney as he arrived to complete the formalities, though he won't start training straight away as his season has only just drawn to a close.
The signing is also another step toward shoring up a defensive unit that struggled badly last season under Arsene Wenger, with Arsenal having already signed veteran right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus, Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Personal terms weren't an issue and the club have now confirmed on Arsenal.com that Torreira has joined the club on a long-term contract.
He will wear the No.11 shirt following Mesut Ozil's recent switch to the No.10 for the forthcoming season, but fans were a little confused by the choice.
After wrapping-up his fourth signing of the summer, Emery expressed his delight at bringing Torreira to the club.
"He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing".
The 19-year-old Lorient midfielder was expected to undergo his medical on Monday and his arrival could be announced later in the week.
'We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season'.
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