Leandro Trossard’s the Key Figure for Arsenal

Leandro Trossard was determined to have a direct impact on Arsenal's crucial PremierPINC +0.8% League match against Leicester City. First, a VAR review ruled out a goal for the Belgian. Then he set up Gabriel Martinelli for the eventual game-winner at the King Power Stadium.


Trossard's January signing was a compromise. Arsenal trailed Mykhailo Mudryk as their preferred left winger for months before losing out to Chelsea, who paid £88.5 million for the Ukrainian international. Mikel Arteta wanted to make this signing to boost his squad for the second half of the season.


When Mudryk became unavailable, Arsenal moved quickly to sign Trossard from Brighton for just £27 million. With his performance against Leicester City, we can see why the Gunners wanted the Belgian. Trossard's intelligence as a player was quickly recognized by Arteta, and he is already putting it to good use.


Trossard started through the middle as a centre forward against Leicester. This was intended to give Arsenal control of the game, something they lacked for long stretches of the previous week's 4-2 win over Aston Villa. Trossard dropped deep, took the ball into his feet, and linked up all aspects of Arsenal's play.


When it became clear that Arsenal needed more penetration behind Leicester City's defense, Trossard was moved to the left wing to make room for Gabriel Martinelli through the middle. This shift unsettled the Leicester defense, allowing the Brazilian forward to score the game's lone goal.


"He was really good," Trossard's Arteta said. "He got involved in a lot of situations that could have resulted in a lot of big chances. He was a part of the incredible goal that was disallowed. With the pass he plays to Gabi, he was involved in the goal. He's fantastic in cramped quarters. He has the ability to open people up, and I am very pleased with him."


Arsenal appear to have passed through a trying period in their season. Arteta's team appeared to be on the verge of collapsing after losing to Manchester City at home earlier this month, ceding top spot in the Premier League table, but back-to-back victories over Aston Villa and Leicester have restored them to the top spot.


Anyone who saw Trossard play for Brighton could see his talent. Graham Potter used the Belgian as a wing back, which Arteta could do before the season ends. His versatility is a huge asset, and Arsenal are already making good use of it, as evidenced by their 1-0 win over Leicester City.


credit to : Forbes


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