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January 20th, 2023
Gunners Acquire Trossard After Failed Bid
Arsenal did not get what they wanted but hired another who could be better.
The Gunners on Thursday inked a deal with Belgian international Leandro Trossard from Brighton.
It is worth £21 million plus add-ons.
Trossard will arrive at the Emirates Stadium on a deal until 2027, with the option to extend by another year.
The 28-year-old winger was hired by Arsenal after the cub failed to acquire the services of their main target, Ukraine winger Mykhailo Mudryk, who was snared by Chelsea earlier this month for £87 million. The Gunners also missed out on Brazilian winger Raphinha last summer.
Trossard had earlier expressed his desire to leave Brighton.
The reason, according to his agent, Josy Comhair, was his falling out with Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi.
Trossard has netted seven goals and issued three assists in 16 top-flight games for Brighton this season.
Last October, he scored a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw at Liverpool but was dropped by De Zerbi during their 3-0 win against the Reds last January 14 after he left training early without permission.
De Zerbi lashed out at Trossard and his agent recently, making it clear he was ready to release the wantaway player. The Brighton boss criticized Trossard's recent performances and said he would not issue an apology.
Comhair stated that his client, who joined Brighton from Belgian side Genk in 2019, was suffering from a calf injury, but that a January transfer would be "beneficial for both parties."
Reports said Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants someone like Trossrad who can play across the frontline.
The Gunners are currently atop the Premier League table by eight points after 18 games.
Barring any hitches, Trossard could debut for the Gunners when they host Manchester United on January 23.