Lucas Torreira struggled to win over former Arsenal manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)

Lucas Torreira has hinted he has no intention of leaving Arsenal in January and is determined to force his way back into the starting XI under Freddie Ljungberg.

The Uruguay international enjoyed an impressive debut campaign last season following his £26million transfer from Sampdoria, catching the eye with a series of combative displays at the base of Arsenal’s midfield.

Unai Emery appeared to have lost faith in the 23-year-old’s ability to play as a conventional defensive midfielder and had attempted to reinvent Torreira as a more attack-minded player this season.

The Spaniard was sacked last week, replaced on an interim basis by Ljungberg, but Torreira was against forced to settle for a place on the bench against Norwich on Sunday before he was introduced with 20 minutes remaining.

Reports last month suggested Torreira was contemplating his future amid interest from Napoli and AC Milan, but in a wide-ranging interview with Arsenal’s official website he suggested he was committed to the north London club.

He said: ‘My goal for the future is to play. I’m 23. All footballers want to play, to compete, to fight for your club. I want to help my team-mates to achieve our aims this season.’

On the adjustments he has had to make to his game in order to adapt the demands of English football, he added: ‘The main thing for me to adapt to was the tempo here.

‘When I arrived, I felt like I was lacking something, like the game was being played at a much faster pace.

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‘But I worked hard, showed dedication and with the help of everyone at the club, I got myself on par with my teammates and opponents. Now, I feel very comfortable.

‘On a technical level, I think I’ve really improved and learned so many things. That’s mainly down to the calibre of players I have around me and train with every day.

‘It’s also down to the standard of player I’m coming up against every weekend.’

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