Arsenal’s Leandro Trossard ground: The Brighton star finalizes a £27m transfer ahead of the Manchester United clash

Arsenal Leandro Trossard is set to secure Brighton striker while the Gunners aim to give Mikel Arteta the firepower to win the Premier League title. Having opened talks with Brighton on Thursday morning, Arsenal quickly agreed a £21m deal for the Belgium international with further add-ons reportedly worth up to £5m. Trossard is set to undergo his medical in north London in the coming hours before putting pen to paper on the contract. Arsenal aim to complete all formalities before midday on Friday, which would allow them to sign up for their matchday squad to face Manchester United on Sunday, although club insiders say it is unlikely they will be able to do so.

Tottenham were also tracking Trossard, but Arsenal moved quickly for the striker, scoring seven goals in 16 Premier League games this season, after missing out on Mykhailo Modric, who went on to Chelsea. Arteta is keen to bolster his attack as his side look to hold on to an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League, and at the Trossard they will have a ready addition with experience in the English game who are eager to get there. I continue.

Last week, Trossard’s agent Jozy Kuhmher accused Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi of insulting his client, claiming the coach stopped speaking to him four weeks ago following an incident in training.

“He is also the manager who has indicated several times that relocation is the most appropriate solution,” Kumher added. “It is therefore important that Brighton team up with a potential transfer during this transfer window and show a benevolent attitude, which is beneficial for both parties.”

Arsenal have long admired Trossard, who was on their shortlist of targets in the summer of 2019, when they eventually opted to sign Nicolas Pepe for £72m.

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Trossard is exactly what Arsenal need

After losing Modric, Arsenal have adapted to their circumstances, and this fantastic scenario transcends all but the wildest dreams of Arteta at the start of the season. A 22-year-old of promise and potential, Mudryk was the signing where the Gunners expected to find themselves: a club building a long-term project around the best young talent they could get. Given that the Ukrainian player’s price eventually ballooned to nine figures for a player who made 50 appearances in the Ukrainian Premier League and Champions League, Arsenal may have avoided an expensive risk.

In any case, Arsenal are not just building for the long term at the moment. Even with half the Premier League season left, the prize is up for grabs. The team that set off at the second fastest pace of any club in the history of this division gained an eight-point lead at the top of the table. They suddenly became a favorite title. This is a step for a team determined to seize this opportunity.

By most metrics, Trossard is a productive player in the Premier League, a player who averages 0.29 goals expected without penalty (npxG) per 90 minutes, the 40th highest mark in the division. Per fbref, his npxG total and projected assists are 0.45 out of 90, comparable to James Madison and Julian Alvarez, behind Gabriel Martinelli. These are solid numbers, up slightly from last season (when he scored 0.39) but with little to suggest they are anything other than representative of a forward playing on a better team.

Off the ball, he matches the energetic disruption Arteta expects of his striker. Only three players have regained possession in the final third more frequently than Trossard this season, in the years his combined tackles and interceptions made for an impressive reading as well.

Nobody would reasonably expect Trossard to come in and start as a regular for Arsenal – if he does, it might have gone too right for him to overhaul Martinelli or Bukayo Saka – but he plays as they come, a player who is accustomed to the English game and has played for Brighton’s aspiring side. Control matches the same way Gunners do.

Prior to his falling out with De Zerby, Trossard played mostly as a striker although for most of his Brighton career he operated on the left flank. This would seem to be one of the points in the Arsenal side where they have the required depth but add another body behind Martinelli and Emile Smith Row It opens new horizons for Arteta. Notably, CBS Sports was told that in pre-season Arsenal intended to test Smith Rowe in one of the central midfield roles played by Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard They were made by themselves only for injuries on the way. London managers Colney have long viewed England’s international development end point in a more central location, and adding Trossard to the left flank deepens options in central areas too.

As with any conversion, this is not without its risks. There is a reason Arsenal have favored recruits in their teens and early twenties in recent years. It is almost certain that Trossard will have little selling value and the most likely scenario is that his new club find themselves in trouble during their post-peak years. Perhaps that is why it makes little sense for Tottenham if they have a future beyond Harry Kane and Hong-Min Son in their considerations. For Arsenal, however, all this downside can be put against one simple question – what value might four or five goals have between now and the end of May?

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