LEANDRO TROSSARD of Brighton joins Arsenal after a £27 million trade.


Leandro Trossard, an offensive player for Brighton, has been acquired by Arsenal for £27 million.

The original upfront payment from the Gunners is £20 million, with a further £7 million in add-ons.

Arsenal confirmed in a statement that they have turned in all registration paperwork and “hope” that Trossard will be available for the Super Sunday match against Manchester United.

The 28-year-old has committed to a four-and-a-half-year contract with an additional year’s option.

According to Trossard on the Arsenal website, “They told me they really like me as a player and that I would really complement the system and how they want to play.”

“The fact that I can play multiple positions and am adaptable helps me. Both of us are eager to collaborate with one another. Being able to work with them excites me greatly, and I consider Mikel Arteta to be a fantastic coach.

“I prefer to be in the striker’s pocket. I can also explore myself when I’m on the wings. I feel at ease in both of those positions, but if I had to pick one, it would be behind the striker.

“Up to this point, this Premier League season has been my best. We did a fantastic job in Brighton, and I’ve been doing well academically. I haven’t played much since the World Cup because of my situation [at Brighton], but I’m really looking forward to starting at Arsenal and showcasing my talent for the team at a prestigious club.

After missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk, who joined Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk on January 15, Arsenal moved for the Belgian international.

“The scenario was challenging since I recognized his desire to depart. I apologize for the previous era; I preferred to play people that were straightforward and did not exhibit any unusual behaviors.

“We’ll see if we need to replace him. Leo is not necessary for us to perform well; we are a strong squad anyway.

“In my opinion, you can always get better and add fresh players throughout the transfer window. Our current lineup, though, features a strong group of players. It’s challenging to get better.

“We will take action if Tony [Bloom] and the club have the opportunity to upgrade the squad.”


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