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Leandro Trossard ends debate about Arsenal star in post-match interview

Arsenal forward Leandro Trossard has settled the debate surrounding his teammate’s performance in the 5-0 thrashing of Chelsea

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Arsenal forward Leandro Trossard staunchly defended Ben White’s second goal on Tuesday against Chelsea, affirming that his teammate was intentional about his goal despite speculation that it was a fortuitous cross.

The Gunners thrashed London rivals Chelsea 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday to continue their chase for a first Premier League title since 2004.

The victory marked White’s first Premier League brace, with his first goal showcasing composure amidst chaos in the Chelsea box. However, doubts arose over his second strike, prompting inquiries during a post-match interview with TNT Sports. Yet, before White could respond, Trossard interjected, affirming White’s intent. White himself shrugged off the debate, emphasising the significance of the goal regardless of its nature.

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Joining White on the scoresheet, Kai Havertz netted two second-half goals, complementing Trossard’s early opener. White’s double elevated his tally to four league goals, marking his most prolific season in front of goal.

Arsenal’s resounding victory solidified their status as the best defensive side in the league, conceding a mere 26 goals this season, the best record in the league. Goal difference looms large in the title race, with Mikel Arteta’s side boasting a considerable advantage. Trossard lauded his team’s defensive resolve, acknowledging the collective effort from all positions on the pitch.

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“They say clean sheets help you win games and that’s what it is,” the Belgian said. “We know if we score a goal then a lot of times we can win by 1-0, but obviously we want to go for more.

“Today was the perfect night, where we scored loads of goals. It’s credit to everyone because everyone works so hard defensively, attackers, midfielders, and we are just one team and you can see that on and off the pitch.

“It’s not just the defence that’s keeping the clean sheets,” White added. “The wingers are working so hard tracking back and it’s so important for us.”

As Arsenal gears up for a North London Derby against Tottenham, Arteta stressed the importance of relishing their midweek triumph. He emphasised the players’ autonomy in the dressing room, highlighting their understanding of the stakes and the unity binding the team.

“It is a big London derby and we know what it means for the fans,” Arteta said after the win. “We will enjoy it and rest and get ready for the next one.

“What I would like is that the players can manage themselves in the dressing room. You have to leave them some space. They know what they are playing for.

“That’s what holds the team together. My role is to demand of them and also in the right moments make them believe they can do it. We have a lot of games coming up. Let’s enjoy tonight and let’s go back to work.”

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