Introducing Leandro Trossard (037)

Arsenal have completed the signing of Belgian International 28-year-old Leandro Trossard for £27 million. With the disappointment of missing out on the highly rated Mykhailo Mudryk, the Gunners have moved on fast to look for alternatives to improve their squad depth to be stronger in the attacking positions and to push for the League title for the remainder of the season. It is clear that Arsenal needed some reinforcements in their attack as they push for the League Title. With Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson on the treatment table, this January was do or die for Arsenal to add to their already established squad. The Gunners were always a big admirer of the Belgian as Mikel Arteta has said in an interview ‘Leandro Trossard will bring composure and versality to Arsenal, and he was willing to join the club those are the players that we want at the club’.

Leandro Trossard is a very clever buy from Arsenal as he brings Premier League experience to a young Arsenal team and it will not take him a while to adapt to the League. Although, Mykhailo Mudryk was highly rated by Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal boss pushed to sign him, the idea of paying close to £100 for a 22-year-old with zero Premier League Experience under his belt and only this season the young winger came onto the spotlight would have been an immense risk for the Gunners to take, not to mention that it would take him longer than it would Trossard to adapt to the physicality and pace of the Premier League. Once Gabriel Jesus is fit again, Mikel Arteta will have a stronger bench to call upon if his side needs a late goal. 

Furthermore, the risks of Leandro Trossard not working at Arsenal will be minimal and not be seen as waste of money if Trossard doesn’t hit the ground running as this is short team investment from the gunners to help them cross the finish line and win the Premier League title for the first time in 19 years, as well as Trossard will not be guaranteed to be a starter with Martinelli, Saka and Nketiah being on top form this season for the Gunners. The reason Leandro Trossard is a clever buy is that not only he was cheaper but also more versatile than Mudryk, as he can play various positions in attack to make it more unpredictable for the opposition to defend against the Gunners. Trossard’s best strength is his versatility enabling to play all three positions in attack would enable Arsenal to give a rest to regular players like Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, who have started every match this season for the North Londoners if Mikel Arteta chooses to rotate the team in some fixtures. An additional strength is that the Belgian will bring to this Arsenal side is his eye for goal. Leandro Trossard has already seven goals this season including a hat trick against Liverpool at Anfield earlier in the season, the Belgian has proved that he is a big game player having scored 13 goals against the traditional ‘Big 6’. The 28-year-old Belgian international contributed to 0.4 goals per 90 for Brighton which most of them came from the Left Wing. Trossard is a very composed player around the box and loves to link up with his teammates well.

Leandro Trossard will also give Arsenal more maturity in the dressing room for the young players to look for advice when they need to step and perform to a higher level. The conclusion being although Leandro Trossard was not Mikel Arteta’s primary target the Belgian is smarter buy than Mykhailo Mudryk because of the price, the versatility and being experienced in the Premier League. The Arsenal fans are eager to see Trossard in action and that could come up sooner than expected. The Belgian could feature against Manchester United on Sunday as Arsenal completed the signing on Friday midday wich will enable the club to use their newest signing. 

Written by: Andrei Petrescu (@ArsenalLover__)

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