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 missing out on Mudryk… but finding back-up for Thomas Partey is another issue Mikel Arteta MUST resolve
- Arsenal signed wantaway Brighton star Trossard in a £27million deal on Friday
- Arteta could choose to deploy him from the left, right, middle or even up front
- But Arteta needs to find backup in midfield with Declan Rice the top target
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 tumultuous month with the Seagulls ultimately ending his four-year spell on the south coast.
The 28-year-old had been training alone at Brighton amid an ongoing stand-off with manager Roberto De Zerbi and he was axed from the squad that beat Liverpool 3-0 on Saturday before he continued to be exiled from the first-team this week.
But while Trossard’s arrival may aid Mikel Arteta’s side in pushing for their first title in 19 years, finding 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 has to find cover in central midfield
The Gunners have made West Ham midfielder Declan Rice their top target this summer as they look to bolster the middle of the park.
The Hammers are wanting a deal worth £100million – though there looks little hope of the east London club receiving that fee.
The 24-year-old would provide vital competition and cover for Arteta’s first-choice duo Granit Xhaka and Partey in central midfield.
Backups are desirable for Arteta with Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny out of favour 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 has admitted that the Gunners are in desperate need of cover in midfield and may need to raid the market again.
Arteta must find someone to cover 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 across the front-line – and with games coming thick and fast, the Gunners boss may need to rotate, especially if injuries come about.
Trossard, who has seven goals and three assists to his name in the league so far, can play from the left flank – which he often did 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 the in-form Bukayo Saka a shoo-in for that role, Arteta may have to find another position for Trossard.
The latest Arsenal signing, who was also linked with north London rivals Tottenham, could be deployed in the No 10 role, but again with Martin Odegaard enjoying a sensational run of form, Trossard may find himself fall behind in the pecking order.
Trossard’s versatility will allow Arteta to deploy him from the left, the right, the middle and up front
Fortunately for Arteta, the versatile attacker has also starred in the No 9 role before – an area which the Gunners are most vulnerable.
With Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus expected to be out for several months after undergoing knee surgery, Arteta has relied on Eddie Nketiah to step up.
Luckily, Nketiah has brought goals to the Arsenal side – netting four times since the Gunners returned to action after the World Cup.
It’s unclear if Trossard will even make Arteta’s strongest XI, but following on from the misery of losing out on Mudryk, it’s not a bad Plan B at all.
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