I am not the only one who was concerned when we bought Leandro Trossard.
There were plenty of indicators that he would be a good signing, but also a few red flags.
His attitude was a huge concern, having pretty much downed tools following the World Cup.
A war of words broke out between Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi and Trossard’s agent agent, which resulted in him beind dropped for disciplinary reasons.
“Leandro isn’t in the list of players for tomorrow,” De Zerbi said before the Liverpool game
“He left the session without saying anything to me. And it’s not good. I spoke with him and I explained this attitude, this behavior, I don’t like.”
This had to be tempered with the fact that he was no Mario Balotelli. He did not have a history of a poor attitude and had previously worked with AirPod Albert when at Genk.
I also wondered whether he was actually good enough to push us to the title.
18 goals in 100 Premier League games before this season did not exactly lead to too many rivals knocking on the door last summer.
This season he scored 7 in 16 Brighton – although 3 of those came in a single game. 4 in the other 15.
I questioned whether he was just an average player who has had a good spell?
There were plenty of reasons to support the signing, however.
He covered left wing, right win, upfront and in behind a striker. He had also played over 120 games in England.
Trossard would not need “time to settle” like Mykhailo Mudryk or Fabio Vieira. He would be ready to step up straight away. And that is exactly what has happened.
In 390 minutes of football for Arsenal, he has one goal and 5 assists. He has proved himself useful cover and competition for Gabriel Martinelli, and also further cover for Gabriel Jesus up top.
You have to think that he is the first choice replacement for Jesus, Martinelli and Saka. If any of them are injured, it will be Trossard that steps up to take their place.
He has shown an intensity in attack, mixing up hard work with a delicate touch and eye for a pass.
Playing down the middle, he has also allowed us to return to a less predictable front line.
With Eddie Nketiah down the middle, Martinelli always stayed left and Saka right. Jesus would often pop up on either wing, allowing the wide forwards to drop into the middle. It made us a lot more threatening up front with players finding the space their team mates had left.
Trossard is more like Jesus than Nketiah. And it is no surprise that Martinelli’s form has improved with the support he gets from the Belgian drifting left.
Whilst Mudryk might become one of the best players in the world one day, Trossard will be a key player in the here and now for Arsenal. He will play a big part in this title race.
It is time fans stopped over reacting to players being bought, or missed out on.
Edu and his team have shown time and again that they get it right.
From Ramsdale to Gabriel, Zinchenko to Odegaard, Jesus and Trossard. They have a growing hitlist.
Ignore the noise, back the boys.
Right man indeed,with him and jesus in the side tough games against pool and cheaty no longer worries me hence a stroll down the road to the tittle.COYG!!!
Really intelligent footballer, always thought he was a good player whenever I watched him for Brighton but his quality has still surprised me. As you say, he`s given us an extra level of unpredictability but what I like most about him is his work rate. Really like the type of characters we are signing these days, none of them look or sound like flash cunts. Everyone seems humble and willing to improve themselves and they all graft for each other. Feels like years since I watched an Arsenal team like that and whether we win the league or not, it`s a good time to be a Gooner.
Up The Arse.