Arsenal fans had all their hopes and dreams heavy invested in Mykhailo Mudryk, and when Chelsea scooped him from under our toes, it was undeniably heartbreaking, but Edu quickly pivoted and landed Leandro Trossard.
The move proved an instant success, with Trossard finishing the season with one goal and 10 assists, and against Fulham, he became the first player in Premier League history to assist three goals before half-time in an away match.
His introduction to the team came at the perfect time, with Gabriel Jesus’ injury really starting to take effect as Eddie Nketiah’s form had started to falter, and Gabriel Martinelli starting to look a little tired.
Trossard solved both of these problems, firstly by giving Martinelli a much needed breather against Aston Villa, and then by replacing Nketiah and coming into the team as a false nine, where he absolutely thrived.
As a false nine, Trossard looked at home, and his relationship with Martin Odegaard developed very quickly, with his quick feet and understanding of space allowing Bukayo Saka and Martinelli to exploit the areas Trossard vacates.
This has allowed Odegaard to flourish, as he has another extremely intelligent player around him, who can operate in tight spaces, and most importantly, receive and release off both feet which is critical to the quick build up that Arteta has implemented at Arsenal.
These facets of Trossard’s game have massively increased Arteta’s ability to rotate, and we have seen him playing left wing, right wing, false nine and left eight in just 20 games, which is why he quickly became a starter or the first option from the bench.
That versatility will be key next season, and will ensure Trossard plays the upward of 50 games across all competition, and will likely be a blueprint for any other attackers that Edu and Arteta look at this summer.
It is clear we need more depth in the attacking areas, as Saka and Martinelli can’t play 90 every week, so having a second player with Trossard’s ability to play across the front three is going to be key, as neither of our star wingers are going to drop out of the team much.
But, overall this move has been a huge success, and when you consider Arsenal got him for just £20m in January, it has to go down as one of our best signings in recent years.
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Written by: Adam Keys (adamkeys_)