Leandro Trossard’s move: why Arsenal switched from their youth policy and how he fit into the squad


In some ways, Arsenal It will be an amazing destination for Leandro Trossard. Mikel Arteta’s project is largely built around youth and potential.


Trossard does not fit into the picture: The Belgium international turned 28 in December. It is already a known quantity in Premier League.

For Arsenal, on this occasion, that’s part of the attraction.

In any recruitment strategy, two factors guide the business: an overall philosophy, and the reality of short-term requirements. A signing like Trossard would exist outside the club’s normal recruitment criteria – but this is no regular season. Arsenal are fighting for the title, and key decision-makers are united in the belief that reinforcements are needed.

Arsenal would have liked Get a marquee signature like Mykailo Mudryk Someone who has made an immediate impact as well as is relevant to the long-term plan. After i saw the 22 year old finish in Chelseathey responded quickly – and pragmatically – to identify Trossard as Plan B.

Some would argue it doesn’t fit into strategy – Arsenal will see it show flexibility. It is important to have principles, but not to the detriment of results. Not at the expense of the title.

Trossard’s advantages are obvious. He’s a player that Arteta and his staff know well – assistant coach Albert Stuyffenberg was his manager at Genk in 2017, and he has allayed some concerns over the matter. The situation follows recent comments made by Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi.

Arsenal have shown previously that they value experience in the Premier League. Until recently, Trossard was nobody BrightonThe team’s key players, with seven goals and two assists in 16 league matches this season. As someone who has played in a similar tactical system, that must require a bit of adjusting. He’s used to pressure.

It is very versatile too. Although he played mostly from the left, he was a two-footer, which would likely allow him to operate from either wing. Brighton has also used him through the middle, either as a semi-forward or in a more withdrawn role. With Gabriel Jesus He was sidelined due to an injury he sustained world Cup with duty BrazilHowever, this ability to play through the middle may carry him through Eddie Nketiah occasional rest.

The signing wouldn’t be as exciting as the €100m (£87.4m; $108.2m) Modric – a young player who arrives with plenty of untapped potential. After losing the 22-year-old Ukrainian player, Trossard’s deal seems reasonable.

After he was initially offered the chance to sign for 24-Cap Belgium Earlier in the international window, Arsenal moved decisively To agree a fee with Brighton of £21m plus a further £6m on top of potential add-ons.

Brighton have an option for an additional year to Trossard’s contract which would extend it until the summer of 2024. Arsenal came close to meeting the asking price – and their negotiating position has been weakened by the fact that they have effectively shown their hand in the bid. Modric. In this case, they chose to move quickly rather than bargain.

Brighton’s position during the negotiations was bolstered by the fact that part of any profit they received, believed to be around 10 per cent, would go to former club Genk – Trossard in his home country.

Arsenal are preparing to offer Trossard a long-term contract, but both parties could see the benefits in the short term. Arsenal will get a Premier League ready player, who can immediately provide competition and cover in attack. The 28-year-old Trussard is also in a hurry to compete for the major prizes. By joining Arsenal he would have parachuted straight into the title race and even if he doesn’t lift the trophy in May, there is a possibility Champions League football next season.

Crucially, signing Trossard will not seriously dampen Arsenal’s spending potential when it comes to their long-term plans. Planning for the summer is already underway, with the club ramping up A concerted bid to sign West Ham United England midfielder Declan Rice.

It also leaves open the opportunity for further consolidation before the winter window closes on January 31st.

Much like a doomed quest in the end Joao Felix, who ended up joining Chelsea on loan from Atletico Madrid, is a deal Arsenal felt they could close relatively quickly. If this proves to be the case, it will buy them some time to explore other opportunities. Manager Arteta has stressed, both internally and in the media, the importance of maximizing Arsenal in every transfer window. Despite the club acknowledging the difficulty of the January market, it is expected that their efforts to strengthen the squad will continue.

So far in 2022-23, Arsenal have shown on the pitch that they have learned from the end of last season. Perhaps their efforts to sign Trossard are an indication that they are learning off the field as well. After failing to meet their main targets a year ago, they opted to end the January window without signing – a decision that cost them dear in the second round.

Signing Trossard wouldn’t be the dream of many Arsenal supporters – but the club saw he could help them fulfill their title dream.

What happened to Trossard since the World Cup?

Trossard’s dispute with Brighton is rooted in the negativity arising from the World Cup frustration with Belgium.

He went to Qatar in a good frame of mind. He had scored six goals in Brighton’s last nine matches before the start of the tournament. He also established himself as a regular and emerging member of Roberto Martínez’s squad, scoring five goals and three assists in 22 caps, mainly as a substitute. He was often the captain’s first substitute in the middle of a match Eden Hazard.

The 2022 World Cup should have given Trossard the opportunity to showcase his talents in a big move that, when at 28 and with his partner about to give birth to their second child, would set him up for life financially. Brighton have a one-year option on Trossard’s contract, which expires in the summer, but he has rejected their attempts to link him to a new deal. Qatar It was to be his theatre.

However, things did not go as planned.

He played just the last 28 minutes of the opening match to win 1-0 Canada and Final 16 of losing 2-0 against Morocco, West, sunset In the second match, instead of Hazard in the first of those matches, W Real Madrid The forward’s brother, Thorgan, is in the other. There was a start in the group final against CroatiaHowever, it had little effect and was withdrawn after 59 minutes as the 0-0 draw saw the aging Belgian side exit the tournament early.

Trossard in a match between Belgium and Croatia at the World Cup in Qatar (Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Trossard was never irritating in the Brighton dressing room, but his general demeanor and body language became visibly jaded in adversity.

He returned to club duty after the World Cup in a somber mood, producing a tepid performance as a substitute in Brighton’s exit from the Carabao Cup on penalties in League One. Charlton Athletic When the false nine operates, in a 3-1 win at Southampton And on New Year’s Eve, they were defeated at home 4-2 by Arsenal. De Zerbi replaced him in that loss an hour later, by which time the visitors were leading 3-0. Brighton’s relative recovery in the remainder of the competition dwindled in his absence.

He has not appeared since.

Trossard was an unused substitute in the 4-1 win at everton Three days later, he was completely ruled out in a 5–1 victory on the Championship side Middlesbrough In the third round of FA cup.

De Zerbi said the striker, who is struggling with a calf injury, needs to show 100 per cent commitment to get him back into the squad. Claim and counterclaim as to why he was disqualified followed, all of which were played out in public.

In revealing that Trossard will also be omitted LiverpoolDe Zerbi said, while visiting the Amex stadium last Saturday, that Trossard left a training session before the Middlesbrough match without permission. The player’s agent, Jozy Kumher, duly issued a statement insisting he had left that session due to injury and that De Zerby had not spoken to him because his client had a minor ‘altercation’ with an unnamed colleague a few weeks earlier.

Kumher called on Brighton to help smooth the transfer this month and Trossard returned home to Belgium, courtesy of De Zerby, where they beat Liverpool 3-0, taking their tally to 14 goals in just over three games without him.

He has since returned to Brighton and trained with the first team on Tuesday, suggesting the stalemate in his relationship with De Zerby may have thawed.

What does Trossard offer on the field?

Few Premier League players have cemented their reputations during the first half of this season as Trossard did.

In October, the Belgian became the first visiting player since Andrei Arshavin for Arsenal in 2009 to score a hat-trick in a league match at Anfield – part of a streak of seven goals in 10 matches.

Now in his fourth season at Brighton, Trossard has spent nearly equal time playing up front, both as an attacking midfielder and positioned on the left flank. His tally of 25 goals in a team that – until De Zerby arrived in September to replace Graham Potter, who left to manage Chelsea – has often struggled to convert their creative play into decent attacking production and Trossard is just one goal shy of Neil Maupay and Glenn Murray, their all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League.

His tally of four long-range goals is a Premier League record for Brighton although all seven of his goals in 2022-23 have come from inside the penalty area, which is testament to how increasingly Trossard has been used this season.


Trossard’s expected goals per 90 minutes average of 0.30 this season has him sitting alongside players including Son Heung-minAnd Phil Foden And Wilfried ZahaSo it’s not surprising to see many clubs interested in an increasingly versatile Premier League striker, someone who’s still scoring more Premier League goals at Anfield this season than he does. Mohamed Salah.

What about interest from other teams?

There was competition. Tottenham Hotspur It was a Premier League club – one overseas team also investigating the possibility of signing the Belgian before Arsenal announced their interest.

the athlete revealed on Monday How Tottenham showed their hand after making a verbal offer at board level of around £12m. This was well below Brighton’s valuation.

Trossard turned 28 during the World Cup and entered the final six months of his deal at Amex – factors that may limit the fee he’ll demand, but he’s effectively still under contract until the end of next season, given Brighton could lead to that. One year option. They will argue he represents a proven Premier League pedigree, with 116 league appearances and 38 goals scored (25 goals, 13 assists) since his £13m arrival from Genk in the summer of 2019.


Trossard celebrates after scoring for Tottenham Hotspur last season (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

NewcastleDan Ashworth, whose recruitment is being overseen by former Brighton manager Dan Ashworth, has discussed the merits of bidding for him over the summer.

However, their priorities have shifted this month with the central midfielder being a priority.

Another contributor: Duncan Alexander

(Top photo: Getty Images; Styling: Rachel Orr)

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