After the transfer news, Mikel Arteta is certain to be missing five Arsenal players against Manchester United.
Arsenal have completed their first signing of the January transfer window, which will force Mikel Arteta to make a major choice against Manchester United.
Leandro Trossard completed a £21 million deal from Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday afternoon. Furthermore, with the Gunners confirming paperwork have been filed to satisfy the registration deadline, there is hope he will be eligible for selection this weekend.
And the 28-year-old has been tipped to make an instant impact for Arsenal by his new manager: “We are really happy to have him. He’s a player we have followed for a while now. The opportunity came – we had to have a player in the frontline who is versatile enough to play in different positions,” Arteta said in his pre-match press conference.
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“He knows the league, he has enough experience here and I think he can have an immediate impact on the team. We have to think short-term, but medium and long-term as well. He gives us all of that. He’s a very intelligent player. When you look at his career and what he’s done in the last few years, he’s a player that fits our way of playing.”
With the addition of Trossard, Arsenal now has 25 senior Arsenal players listed on the club’s official website, with the majority of them in contention to face the Red Devils. The Belgian international is unlikely to start, but if he is cleared to play, it is reasonable to presume he will be among the substitutes.
With Sunday’s game being the Gunners’ last Premier League encounter of the month, Arteta is once again allowed to choose a 20-man matchday squad for the visit of Manchester United, and there are five first-team players he must either leave on the bench or at home.
Granted, those decisions are somewhat predictable with Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson still sidelined through injury, whilst Matt Turner should get the nod over Karl Hein as the backup goalkeeping option for Aaron Ramsdale.
The reason for Cedric Soares’ recent absence is injury related as he is recovering from a muscle problem. Although as reported by football.london, talks are underway with Fulham over a loan deal for the remainder of the season so he may not be involved regardless if he’s fit or not.
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Meanwhile, Arsenal continues to evaluate Mohamed Elneny. The Egyptian was missing from the side that defeated Tottenham in the North London Derby last Sunday due to a knee injury sustained in training, and Matt Smith will be on standby once more.
It should be noted that if Arteta chooses to select a midfielder, whether Elneny or Smith, Trossard’s participation may come at the price of a forward. With only one minute of Premier League action this season, £3m summer signing Marquinhos is possibly the most likely to be dropped.