Should Arsenal now make this out-of-favour EPL striker our main target this winter?

Mykhailo Mudryk has been flirting with Arsenal for months, revealing how they piqued his interest and how he wanted to be a part of it and… Why am I even wasting my time telling you about a Chelsea player?

Instead of boring you, let me tell you about Leandro Trossard, who could be the player who weaponizes Arteta’s attack this month.

According to recent reports, the Belgian has had a squabble with his Brighton manager, Roberto De Zerbi.

As a result, he has been barred from first-team training and missed Brighton’s game against Liverpool this weekend. On Friday, the forwards’ representatives issued a statement implying that they want their client sold during the winter transfer window.

Many clubs must have seen this claim and checked their budgets to see if they could persuade Brighton to sell arguably their best attacker. If Arsenal took note of Trossard’s availability, it is uncertain, as their attacking transfer desire heading into the weekend was elsewhere.

However, according to the Independent, Arsenal may now consider Trossard to be their top winter target. According to the aforementioned publication, the 28-year-old’s entourage has already made way for them to do so.

“They still want to make two signings in this window and have been offered Brighton’s Leandro Trossard,” writes the Independent.

Trossard has grown from strength to strength since joining Brighton before the start of the 2019-20 season, but this season has arguably been his best, with 7 goals and 2 assists in 16 league games.

Mudryk may have been the dream signing, but because he is unproven in the Premier League, his signing would have been a gamble; Trossard has a proven track record in the PL.

Should Arsenal go for Trossard?

Daniel O


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21 Comments

  1. Offer Brighton a mouth watering six month loan deal they will find hard to turn down and sees how he fits.

    But our long term focus should be on younger players, for those wingers position.

    He’s ready made, low risk , and fits our system of play so strike a deal now and move on for that powerful midfielder.

  2. Trossard would be a good signing who we can bring off the bench to score in a tight match. He has that knack of popping up at the right time to score.

    Also he’s 28 at his peak and will not be blocking off any potential talented young players we might bring in the long term. A good reliable player who can keep our squad depth good for 2-3 years at least.

    1. Fully agree, Ackshay. Could be a very good signing. Technically very skillful. My only concern if his attitude against his manager could be an isssue at Arsenal as well. We don’t need any unrest in the squad.

  3. I will take him any day at Arsenal, we need him especially now that Europa league will start, it will be a very good signing

  4. He looks useful, he’s ok at passing, good at shooting, and good at making half a yard for getting a shot off. Am not sure about his dribbling long distances, seeing we wanted MM I would imagine that Arteta is looking at strong pacy good dribblers (among other things) to add to his box of tactics. I only know this player’s highlight reel, can’t claim to have noticed him otherwise

  5. At 28 he does not fit our preferred age profile, and while he is an experienced operator, there are others at Brighton I much prefer including,Caicedo, Mitoma and the highly talented Jeremy Sarmiento who is going to be a great player imo.

  6. Trossard , though certainly a very decent standard player will NOT interest our realistic MA and Edu, for the simple reason that at 28 with no free transfer available, since he is contracted and a fee plus high wages would be demanded, he will not be regarded as value for money.

    That is also my view. Being already 28 is the KEY reason! Mitoma however, I COULD SEE US AT LEAST ENQUIRING ABOUT.

    1. I think Mitoma plays on the left side of attack. ESR and Martinelli have that area covered. I think we should look for someone that can play on the right. Asensio or Ferran Tores are good options. Both Spanish with lot of experience at the highest level

  7. Trossard is still contracted to Brighton. You know what that means? We are paying the loan fee PLUS salary, for a player that’s been banished from 1st team football by his club! Any million spent on such a deal is money down the drain. Rather we go hard on a permanent deal that gives us context and stability.

    1. You make it look like underperformance was the reason for his banishment from their first team.

      He was actually banished, first because of a disagreement with the club over contract issues and then a fallout with the manager over of a training session squabble with a team mate. Doesn’t change the fact that is a decent player and could be useful to us for squad depth

  8. Not the most glamorous signing but would be shrewd business especially if we could negotiate it down to £20M. Scores against all the big teams which is something we could really use.

    Off Topic: Rumours of a summer move for Declan Rice flooding the internet. Now this is very exciting news if true but we still need to bring in a CM this window and I really hope we make a move for Neves to provide competition for Xhaka. Imagine our Midfield options next season are Partey Rice Neves Xhaka.

    1. Declan rice won’t come cheap. I hope we avoid the same situation as Mudryk. 80m pounds for rice is a waste of money. We should not be like Chelsea who pay 97m pounds for a 30 year old Lukaku and eventually find it difficult to move him on. We should avoid this situation. I really want Arsenal to go for Tielemans(20m pounds) and Douglas Luiz(40m pounds) this winter.
      I have watched Declan Rice play. A quality player but is not worth the 80m pounds quoted.

      Tielemans(25m pounds). Cover for Odegaard
      Douglas Luiz(40m pounds). Cover for Partey
      Asensio( 25m pounds). Cover for Saka

      3 quality signings for depth and squad rotation.

      1. I think that Rice would be a great addition, certainly wouldn’t happen in January though. He ticks a lot of boxes and is homegrown. Luiz could be good as well, certainly cheaper than Declan. Both he and Declan are only 24 as well.

        I waffle on Tielemans. I really like that he has lots of EPL and that is a plus for me. If price is right. He has a good reputation on squads as well.

        Not sure about Asensio – he seems to have recovered from the ACL, but he isn’t getting much playing time (it is RM but…). I think this one is a bit of a stretch.

      2. Skills, there is no way West Ham would accept even as much as £ 80 mill for Rice There will be an auction which will price us out of competing for him. REALISM!

  9. Trossard does not excite me at all.. esr is coming soon..
    so is Jesus . Arsenal is trying to strengthen the squad but
    on the cheap !! What a mess .

  10. With regard to the point made by Skills 1000 concerning having ESR and Martinelli for the LW position, why were we pursuing Mudryk who is also a LW? As it is, ESR, Martinelli, Saka and Vieria are all capable on either wing.

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