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Arsenal’s assistant coach previously managed Trossard

A piece on Arsenal’s new signing, Leandro Trossard.

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Arsenal have been after an attacker since the January transfer window opened and after missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk, they’ve finally got their man. The Belgian, Leandro Trossard.

The deal between Brighton & Arsenal is reportedly £21million plus add-ons & could be announced as early as tomorrow.

The 28-year-old has a proven track record in the Premier League which could prove vital in Arsenal’s title charge for the remainder of the season. For example, could Trossard have made the difference if he was on the bench in Arsenal’s goalless draw against Newcastle a couple of weeks ago?

Leandro Trossard has played 16 games for Brighton this season, scoring seven goals and getting three assists, including a hat-trick at Anfield. He’s been in good form recently, before falling out with Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi, however Trossard’s been on Arsenal’s radar a lot longer than just this season…

Arsenal’s interest in Leandro Trossard isn’t new. They were interested in the player while he was at Genk in 2017, however that interest never materialised and he ended up joining Brighton a couple years later.

However, that didn’t stop Arsenal keeping an eye on the player & once he became available this month & The Gunners missed out on their number one target, Mudryk, it was a no brainer for them to make their move.

Along with the long-standing interest, Arsenal’s assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg used to manage Leandro Trossard while at Genk. The winger played 28 times under Stuivenberg for the one season he was in charge, scoring seven goals & getting four assists during their time together in Belgium.

Stuivenberg knows the player well and that could have also played a big part in Arsenal choosing Trossard as the man to provide the much needed depth for Arsenal to push for the Premier League title.

Compared to the current Arsenal players, no player has more goals per minute this season than Leandro Trossard.

The Belgian averages a goal every 189 minutes, where as Arsenal’s attackers are as follows…

  • Gabriel Martinelli – 219 minutes
  • Bukayo Saka – 256 minutes
  • Gabriel Jesus 245 minutes
  • Eddie Nketiah – 251 minutes

However he does have the worst pass percentage this season when compared to the other Arsenal attackers, so he will have to improve on that front considering how much Mikel Arteta hates transitions.

Leandro Trossard’s agent on the move:

“I personally offered Leo to Arsenal. This is the most beautiful club for him and the football they’re playing suits him perfectly. The deal took 48hrs which shows how much Arsenal wanted him.”

The player has signed a four-year contract with the option of a further year.

Arsenal’s January transfer window has exploded into life with the deal expected to be finalised and announced tomorrow ahead of the game against Manchester United this weekend.

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