Lucas Moura has revealed he endured the worst seven months of his career under Arsenal boss Unai Emery.
The Spurs winger, who joined from Paris Saint-Germain in January, was crowned man of the match for his terrific brace in the 3-0 victory over Manchester United on Monday night.
Lucas has now scored three goals in as many games this season after initially struggling for game time following his £25million switch.
Following his superb display, the Brazilian opened up on the struggles he’d come through to reach that moment, specifically his second season under Emery at PSG.
Lucas thrived in his first term under the Spaniard, but struggled in his second and the effects began to take their toll.
“It was very hard, the worst seven months of my life,” he told ESPN Brazil.
“I came from a very good season, I was second top scorer of the team, only behind Cavani.
“The following season, I wasn’t even called up. I used to go to practice, I wasn’t even in the game. I used to go back home.
“Anyway, it was very difficult. But I kept working hard, strong. And God gave me the best gift of life, my son.”
On adapting to Premier League life, he added: “We only have a clue when we’re watching. When I started playing here I saw that it really is very competitive, very dynamic. Work here is very hard.
“I have grown a lot in this physical part, added that in my game. The game is here and there. In France, it’s a little more physical strength, not as intense as here. This is doing me very well, it is improving my game. I’ve grown a lot, evolving a lot.
“Everyone told me that my football is similar to the Premier League, that here I would get along very well. I’ve been through it. But it’s just the beginning.”