Arsenal’s new £27m signing Leandro Trossard fits the bill as a versatile forward with Premier League experience and is a good Plan B after losing Mudryk… but finding a back-up for Thomas Partey is another issue that Mikel Arteta MUST resolve
Premier League leaders Arsenal may have lost out to Chelsea in their pursuit of highly-rated Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk, but they now have a versatile forward with Premier League experience at their disposal.
The Gunners confirmed the £27million signing of Leandro Trossard from Brighton on Friday – with the forward’s turbulent month with the Seagulls ultimately ending his four-year spell on the south coast.
The 28-year-old has been training alone at Brighton amid an ongoing stand-off with manager Roberto De Zerbi and he was left out of the squad that beat Liverpool 3-0 on Saturday before continuing to be sidelined from the first-team this week.
But while Trossard’s arrival could help Mikel Arteta’s side push for their first title in 19 years, finding a backup for Thomas Partey is another issue the Arsenal boss must resolve.
The Gunners confirmed the £27million signing of Leandro Trossard from Brighton on Friday
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta may have strengthened his front-line but needs to find cover in central midfield
The Gunners have made West Ham midfielder Declan Rice their main target this summer as they look to strengthen the middle of the park.
The Hammers want a deal worth £100million – although the east London club’s hopes of meeting that fee appear slim.
The 24-year-old will provide vital competition and cover for Arteta’s first-choice duo of Granit Xhaka and Partey in central midfield.
Backups are desirable for Arteta with Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny out of favor at the Emirates – with the latter also feared to be out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in training.
Arteta admitted the Gunners are in desperate need of midfield cover and may need to raid the market again.
Arteta must find someone to cover for Thomas Partey and Declan Rice has emerged as the Gunners’ top target
At the other end of the pitch, the beauty for Arteta is that Trossard can play in the front-line – and with games coming thick and fast, the Gunners boss may need to rotate, especially if there are injuries.
Trossard, who has seven goals and three assists to his name in the league so far, can play from the left – which he often does for the Seagulls – but with competition from Gabriel Martinelli, he will have to prove his worth.
The left-footed forward can also operate from the other wing, but with in-form Bukayo Saka a shoo-in for that role, Arteta may need to find another position for Trossard.
The latest Arsenal signing, who has also been linked with north London rivals Tottenham, could be assigned to the No 10 role, but again with Martin Odegaard enjoying a sensational run of form, Trossard could find himself in pecking order.
Trossard’s versatility will allow Arteta to deploy him from the left, right, center and forward.
Fortunately for Arteta, the versatile attacker has also starred in the No 9 role before – an area where the Gunners are most vulnerable.
With Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus expected to be out for several months after undergoing knee surgery, Arteta relied on Eddie Nketiah to step up.
Fortunately, Nketiah has brought goals to the Arsenal side – netting four times since the Gunners returned to action after the World Cup.
It’s unclear whether Trossard will even make Arteta’s strongest XI, but following the agony of losing Mudryk, it’s not a bad Plan B.