Aaron Ramsdale has warned Arsenal’s front three that new arrival Leandro Trossard ‘will not be part of the squad’ as the England keeper refers to his own sacking of Bernd Leno as No 1 in a cautionary note to Gabriel Martinelli and Co
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has reminded his teammates that new signing Leandro Trossard will not be involved to make up the numbers.
The £27m Belgian joined Arsenal on Friday before coming off the bench in the 82nd minute as Eddie Nketiah grabbed a late winner for the league leaders.
Trossard arrives at Colney with Premier League pedigree and experience on the world stage. A chance to dislodge the team’s current attackers could be one he relishes – much like Ramsdale did after signing from Bournemouth.
Leandro Trossard came off the bench in the 82nd minute and showed his talents
‘Trossard’s going to come in to take someone over his head, he’s not going to – it might look like he’s going to be part of the squad, deep down like I’m with (Bernd) Leno,’ he told The Fellas podcast.
‘Just like I came to take Leno’s speed, he’s coming to take one of the front three’s spots. So if you start saying “oh by the way we’ve signed Trossard” before it happens, one of their front three can “wait a minute.”‘
Despite Ramsdale’s view, Trossard has revealed that he prefers to play in a deeper role, behind the striker – much like player of the year hopeful, Martin Odegaard.
Aaron Ramsdale believes the Belgian came in with the mindset of sacking teammates
‘I want to be in the striker’s back pocket. On the wings, I can explore myself as well. I’m comfortable in any of those positions but if I’m chosen, behind the striker – but it all depends on the system,’ said Trossard following his signing.
‘It helps that I’m versatile and I can play in different positions. They look forward to working with me and vice versa. I’m really excited to work with them and I think Mikel is a top coach.’
‘I’m really excited to start. It’s a big club and I’m ready to show the fans what I can do. Everyone has seen how great we are and I’m here to help make their dreams come true – including myself.
Gabriel Martinelli (L), Eddie Nketiah (C) and Bukayo Saka (R) will be pressed by the Belgian