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What Mikel Arteta must avoid from Leandro Trossard as Edu completes doubtful Arsenal move


What Mikel Arteta must avoid from Leandro Trossard as Edu completes doubtful Arsenal move

Arsenal have finalized the transfer of Leandro Trossard from Brighton & Hove Albion, but Mikel Arteta must be mindful of a possible issue that might impede the team’s progress in the future.

Leandro Trossard is now an official Arsenal player. The 28-year-old joins Arsenal from Brighton & Hove Albion in a £21 million deal with add-ons.

Trossard is in position to face Manchester United on Sunday after signing a four-and-a-half-year deal with the option for a further year. He was registered before the Premier League’s noon deadline on Friday.

“I’m excited to get started,” Arsenal’s new No. 19 said. “This is a big club and I’m ready to show the fans what I can do. Everyone has seen how well we’re doing already and I’m here to help achieve their dreams – including myself.

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“I’m going to take it day by day, work hard and try to help the team to achieve their goals. [I want to] get better as well. I know the manager is a great coach and I hope to be involved in doing great things and getting better as a player in every aspect.

“I’m excited to see the fans in the stadium. I hope I can give you my all. I want to try and create as many magic moments as possible, and hopefully we can celebrate together.”

With the Gunners currently top of the Premier League, into the Europa League round of 16 and preparing for a FA Cup fourth-round tie against Manchester City, it’s easy to see why Trossard wanted to join Mikel Arteta’s team. The signing will give the Gunners more depth, and will allow Arteta to rotate Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka at various points in the season. Trossard’s arrival also means Gabriel Jesus will not be rushed back from a knee injury suffered at the World Cup with Brazil.

However, the deal is not without danger. Trossard is relocating to north London after he had a falling out with Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi.

De Zerbi stated Trossard stormed out of a training session before Brighton’s 3-0 win over Liverpool last weekend after the Italian expressed worries about the 28-year-attitude. old’s Trossard has struggled to find form after returning from a disastrous World Cup campaign with Belgium, and it has been stated that he is dissatisfied with his lack of playing time for De Zerbi’s side.

“Leandro Trossard isn’t on the list for next game (Liverpool),” the Brighton boss told reporters last week. “The last session before last game, when he understood he wasn’t playing, he left the session without telling me anything. I told him I don’t like this attitude.”

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De Zerbi was equally frank about the possibility of his departure, saying: “I’m not sure about the transfer market or whether he wants to change teams. I am willing to take a step back and listen to him, but he must realize that I only want players who work hard and give their all to the squad.”

Trossard had been to his native country of Belgium with the permission of his club before returning to Brighton to begin training. His agent did not help matters by suggesting that his client had been “humiliated” by De Zerbi and that a move would be the best remedy.

When speaking to La Repubblica, De Zerbi attempted to clarify the situation: “Nothing serious happened with Trossard. But recently, he didn’t give 100% in training and on matchday, that’s it on my side. Football deserves respect. I don’t have to apologise for anything.”

With these recent events in mind, people may wonder why Trossard is transferring to a club where he will not be a sure starter after causing a stir by refusing to play for Brighton. Moving to Arsenal is, indeed, a step up from Brighton. And, yeah, he will now compete for awards. Will he be able to force Martinelli or Saka out of the starting XI and gain game time? That is yet to be determined.

Whatever happens, Arteta will be anxious to manage the matter carefully to avoid a repetition of the Trossard-De Zerbi spat at Arsenal.

What Mikel Arteta must avoid from Leandro Trossard as Edu completes doubtful Arsenal move

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