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Leandro Trossard is a Gunner, and We are Loving It!!!

 

Arsenal warned over Leandro Trossard transfer

Arsenal has confirmed the signing of Leandro Trossard from Brighton and Hove Albion. According to Sky Sports, the agreed fee is an initial £20m plus add-ons – it could reach £27m. 

As expected, there were some good words from Edu Gaspar and head coach, Mikel Arteta, following his acquisition. 

 “We’re delighted to have completed the signing of Leandro Trossard. We have a clear plan and strategy for our direction, and it’s been a great team effort in bringing Leandro to the club.

“Leandro is a player who will give us a high level of quality going forward. I know Mikel and our coaches are excited to start working with him. Welcome Leandro!”

From the quotes above, Edu makes it clear that the signing of Trossard was a carefully thought out move, despite the drama surrounding his exit from the club. Arteta on the other hand, was quick to focus on his attributes and what he will offer to the club in the short and long term,

 “It is good work from everyone at the club to complete the signing of Leandro. He is a versatile player with high technical ability, intelligence and a great deal of experience in the Premier League and at international level.

“Leandro strengthens our squad as we head into the second part of the season and we’re all looking forward to working with him. We welcome Leandro and his family to Arsenal Football Club.”

I’d touched on the pro and cons of signing the attacking midfielder, but I must commend that way Arsenal moved swiftly, following the disappointment of losing out on Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea. Trossard can be registered on time to feature against Manchester United and I am loving the prospect of the debut goal against our arch-rivals on Sunday.

Trossard will also be expected to feature in the FA Cup and Europa League, as Mikel Arteta shuffles his pack, with the major focus being the Premier League, a competition Arsenal hasn’t won since 2004. There was a nice touch from his former club, Brighton, thanking him for the memories, and that was quite a highlight reel. There was a bit of sour grapes from his former boss, Roberto de Zerbi, but frankly, we don’t care. 

Arsenal has gotten themselves a vastly experienced player in the peak of his powers, and will be willing to test himself amongst the elites, as the club aims to finish at pole position in the Premier League this season. The project at Arsenal is very enticing and the higher ups would have weighed the situation and determined that Trossard was good enough to play a part and contribute this season.

The player himself has stated that he wants us help the club achieve its dreams. That’s sure of a good way to start.

He’s certainly no Mudryk, but he’s a player that will do his bit to add his name into Gooner folklore in the coming seasons. He was handed the #19 jersey currently worn by Nicolas Pepe, so it will be an interesting preposition when the Ivorian winger returns from his loan spell at OGC Nice. 

Leandro Trossard is a Gunner and we are loving it!!!

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Pros and Cons of Signing Leandro Trossard

Arsenal warned over Leandro Trossard transfer

Trossard celebrates goal at the Emirates

Arsenal has acted swiftly after missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk to agree a deal with Brighton for the services of their wantaway attacker, Leandro Trossard. The imminent signing of Trossard has come with some mixed feelings, so Gooner Daily reached out to some selected Arsenal fans to give their own thoughts of the Trossard potential signing.

Many thanks to Barack, Not Obama, Keshi, Yomi and MC Bernnie for sharing their insights!

Without further ado, here are the pros and cons of signing Leandro Trossard, from the fan’s perspective.

Pros

Good Cover for Martinelli and Saka

This season, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have featured heavily in all competitions, and injuries to the likes of Emile Smith-Rowe, as well as lack of trust in the likes of Marquinhos, has allowed them play without getting any good rest. Having a player like Trossard will allow Mikel Arteta rest his favored wingers adequately.

His Versatility

In his time at Brighton, Trossard has been used in a host of positions to devastating effect. He is primarily deployed as a left winger, but he has featured on the right wing, attacking midfield, center forward and surprisingly, as a left wing back. This versatility gives Arteta several potential options to feature the Belgian jack-of-all-trades.

Transfer Cost

In a world where Mykhailo Mudryk is going for €100m, signing Trossard for £27m is a shrewd piece of business. According to Sky Sports, the agreed fee is an initial £20m plus add-ons – it could reach £27m.

Good Squad Player

One can look at the 0-0 draw with Newcastle and remember how Arteta needed to make a sub to change the outlook of the game but he couldn’t delve into his bench to sort that out. Having a player like Trossard would have been welcome, because he would have provided that quality to see Arsenal through. He will certainly be a dependable squad player that can be counted upon when required.

Proven EPL Quality and Experience

Trossard has been in the Premier League for four seasons, and has the right levels of experience to come into the Arsenal squad and deliver from the off. There is no adaptation period required and he is also old enough to have a calm head when required. 

Cons

His Age

In recent times, Arsenal has recruited players in a certain age bracket with the sole aim of building for the future, and in all honesty, Trossard doesn’t fit into that bracket. This essentially means that Arsenal is taking a short term approach, unlike the club’s initial target, Mudryk, that was a vital part of the club’s transfer market philosophy.

Is He Ready to Play a Bit Part Role?

In Trossard’s first three seasons for Brighton after arriving from Genk, he played 31, 35 and 34 league games for Brighton. This season, he featured in 16 of their 19 fixtures so far, which essentially means that he has become used to playing regular Premier League football for the team. In Arsenal, he will certainly be behind Martinelli and Saka in the pecking order, so will he start agitating for a first term berth, so will he be okay with a bit part role? Time would tell.

Injury Concerns

Per his profile in TransferMarkt, Trossard has quite an extensive injury record. With Arsenal already suffering some injuries to key personnel, one can only hope that he will spend more time on the pitch, rather than off it.

Inconsistency

Trossard is set to leave Brighton with a record of 25 goals in 122 games, which doesn’t light up any fireworks. He doesn’t really turn up against teams that play in low blocks, and joining a club like Arsenal, he will need to step up his game to fit to the kind of football the club plays. 

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