Arsenal star Lucas Torreira has a tattoo of his childhood club crest to remind him of his journey to the Premier League – The Sun

HIDDEN beneath the sock of Lucas Torreira's right leg is a tattoo that tells the story of his rocky road to the Emirates.

Arsenal's industrious midfielder, the man they paid Sampdoria £26.4million for in 2018, has proven to be fans' favourite at the Emirates, despite problems settling in north London and being linked with a move away.

But not since Gilberto Silva have the Gunners had someone so capable of screening a defence like Torreira.

Yet Torreira is also a man of gratitude, and the ink on his calf proves just that.

It is Torreira's boyhood club  Institucion Atletica 18 de Julio, from Fray Bentos in Uruguay – the city made famous for making corned beef.

Having taken his first steps in football in the city, Torreira headed for the capital Montevideo as he looked to make it as a professional footballer.

But Torreira's arranged accommodation suddenly fell through, leaving the 14-year-old homeless.

Luckily for him his former club stepped in to help him out.

"We had a collection between the directors to manage the expenses and the paperwork needed to bring Lucas back," Hugo Ruiz, 18 de Julio sporting co-coordinator,  told the Daily Telegraph.

"I remember seeing on his face a mixture of gratitude and emotion that I still see now.

"He lived his whole childhood here. His love for the club is unconditional."

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