Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Brighton winger Leandro Trossard – but how does he compare to the attacking options that are currently at Mikel Arteta’s disposal?
Since joining Brighton from Genk in 2019, Trossard has since gone from strength to strength and is now regarded as one of the best left-wingers in the Premier League.
The Belgium international is enjoying his best-ever season in England and recently became the first opposing player since Andrey Arshavin to score a hat-trick at Anfield.
“Trossard is a star, a very good player,” manager Roberto De Zerbi said after that 3-3 draw against Liverpool. “When he was away with the national team, I sent him a message that he has to increase the number of goals.
“I hope he didn’t finish scoring today. He had a great game. He scored two fantastic goals, the first two. He score one very good goal because he was present at the far post. But I believe he can do even better.
“When I say that, it’s not because I am not happy with him today. But it’s because I consider him a great, great player.”
But their relationship has deteriorated in recent weeks and Trossard has been frozen out by the Italian after reportedly being involved in a training ground bust-up with a team-mate.
Arsenal, who need attacking reinforcements and recently missed out on both Joao Felix and Mykhailo Mudryk, are now looking to take advantage of the situation.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners have agreed personal terms with the 28-year-old and are ready to make an official bid.
Using stats from Whoscored, we’ve taken a look into Trossard’s stats from this season in the Premier League and compared his numbers to Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah.
Note: we’ve not included Reiss Nelson or Marquinhos due to their lack of Premier League minutes in 2022/23.
Goals and assists
No Arsenal player has scored more Premier League goals than Trossard, who has netted seven times in 2022/23 at a rate of one every 189.4 minutes.
While Martinelli has been able to match his tally, he has made more appearances this season and is currently averaging a league goal every 219.1 minutes.
Saka has six goals at a rate of one every 256.5 minutes and Jesus follows closely behind with five goals, although his minutes per goal ratio of 245.2 is better than Saka’s.
Nketiah has come into the Arsenal team following Jesus’ injury and is currently on two goals at a rate of one every 251 minutes.
Alongside his six league goals, Saka has also registered seven assists and is currently averaging a direct goal contribution every 118.3 minutes. Jesus has five assists after playing 14 league games, taking his minutes per goal involvement ratio to 122.6 minutes.
Trossard and Martinelli both have two assists to their name but the Brighton winger is averaging a direct goal contribution every 147.3 minutes in comparison to Martinelli’s record of one every 170.4 minutes.
Finally, Nketiah is yet to register a single assist across 251 Premier League minutes in 2022/23.
Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Leandro Trossard from Brighton, per @FabrizioRomano
Trossard in the PL this season:
▪️ 7 goals
▪️ 3 assists
▪️ 1 hat-trick at Anfield ✨
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 19, 2023
Saka has been the most creative forward out of the quintet, averaging 2.3 key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League in 2022/23.
Martinelli finishes second in this respect with 1.8 key passes, which is more than Trossard (1.6), Jesus (1.6) and Nketiah (0.5) are averaging.
Arsenal’s No.11 then comes out on top for passing accuracy with a pass success rate of 83.4%, which is marginally higher than Saka’s 83.2%.
Nketiah’s pass success rate of 82.5% puts him ahead of fellow striker Jesus (81.9%) while Trossard is at the bottom of the pile (74.4%).
Shots, crosses and dribbles
Nketiah’s lack of Premier League goals this season haven’t been down to a lack of trying as he’s averaging 3.8 shots per 90 minutes.
Jesus has enjoyed taking up a central role at Arsenal following his move from Manchester City and has been taking 3.6 shots per 90 minutes. But Martinelli (2.6), Trossard (2.5) and Saka (2.0) are slightly more hesitant in front of goal.
Saka has been the most prolific in terms of crossing, averaging 1.2 crosses per game, while Trossard is registering 0.6 and Martinelli is averaging 0.4.
Unsurprisingly, the strikers are at the bottom of this list as Jesus averages 0.1 crosses per game and Nketiah hasn’t made a single cross in the Premier League in 2022/23.
Jesus leads the way when it comes to dribbling, completing 2.0 successful dribbles per 90 minutes at a success rate of 40.8%.
Martinelli follows closely behind with 1.8 successful dribbles per 90 minutes at a slightly better completion rate of 43.9%. Nketiah has been averaging 1.3 successful dribbles at a completion rate of 34.2% while Saka is on 1.2 per 90 at a 30.7% success rate.
That leaves Trossard in last place as the Brighton forward is only completing 0.7 dribbles per 90 at a success rate of 27.9%.
While fans will focus on goals and assists when analysing a forward, Mikel Arteta will still need them to contribute defensively.
Trossard has been averaging 0.7 tackles per 90 minutes but Martinelli (0.9), Saka (1.2), Nketiah (1.3) and Jesus (1.4) are all posting higher averages.
In terms of interceptions, Jesus and Saka lead the way with 0.6 per 90 minutes. Trossard and Martinelli are joint third with 0.4 interceptions per 90 minutes, putting them ahead of Nketiah (0.2).
But Nketiah comes out on top for clearances. His total (0.9 per 90) betters Saka’s (0.6), Jesus’ (0.6), Martinelli’s (0.3) and Trossard’s (0).