Leandro Trossard made his first Arsenal start during Friday’s FA Cup defeat at Manchester City and his highlight reel from the match showcased what an excellent player Mikel Arteta has signed.
The £27million Belgium international joined Arsenal this month, before coming off the bench in the 82nd minute against Manchester United as Eddie Nketiah grabbed a late winner for the league leaders.
“Trossard is coming in to take someone’s place in his head, he’s not coming to – it might look like he is coming to be part of the squad, deep down like I was with (Bernd) Leno,” Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale told The Fellas podcast.
“Like I’ve come to take Leno’s pace, he’s coming to take one of the front three player’s place. So if you start saying “oh by the way we’ve signed Trossard” before it happens, one of them front three might go “hang on a minute.”
And Trossard’s performance against City will have impressed every watching Arsenal fan; the 28-year-old was comfortable on the ball and constantly worried Rico Lewis at right-back.
“I like to be in the pocket behind the striker. On the wings, I can explore myself as well. I’m comfortable in either of those positions but if I were to choose, behind the striker – but it all depends on the system,” Trossard said following his signing.
“It helps me that I’m versatile and that I can play in different positions. They’re looking forward to working with me and vice versa. I’m really excited to work with them and I think Mikel is a top coach.
“I’m really excited to get started. 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.”
Trossard vs City pic.twitter.com/X3n2pZv6X3
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