Lucas Torreira made a storming start to his Arsenal career last season but the tenacious midfielder has been usurped by another young talent.
Matteo Guendouzi has taken Torreira’s position alongside Granit Xhaka, and homegrown ace Joe Willock is on the verge of overtaking him too.
The £26m signing admitted last summer that he was struggling to adapt to London life and he was linked with a move to AC Milan.
He dismissed the transfer links but there is no doubting that Torreria has slipped down the pecking order at the Emirates.
Boss Unai Emery has yet to give the 23-year-old a full 90 minutes in the Premier League and has experimented by deploying him in different roles in the Europa League.
But the former Sampdoria midfielder says he respects his manager’s decision and will work hard to regain his starting berth.
“I don’t know whether I’d say it’s frustrating,” Torreira said.
“All players want to play, they obviously want to be in the starting XI – that’s completely normal. But that’s not something that depends on me.
“It’s down to the coach to make those decisions and really I have to respect that. Right now it’s about not giving up.
“You have to continue working hard and whether I’m playing in the starting XI or from the bench I want to give my all for the team. That’s the kind of player I am.
“I like to give 100 per cent for the shirt to help my team-mates and to give the fans something to cheer about.”
Uruguay take on Peru in a friendly tomorrow and Torreira will be looking to get 90 minutes under his belt.
Arsenal take on Vitoria in the Europa League before they face Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United in 10 days’ time.