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Leandro Trossard completes Arsenal transfer as Edu alludes to Arteta plan while new signing names best role

Leandro Trossard

Arsenal have announced the signing of Leandro Trossard from fellow Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion on a long-term contract.

Trossard recently became unsettled at Brighton, having caught the attention of a number of bigger clubs. Now, he has joined the current Premier League leaders. Arsenal have agreed a long-term contract with the Belgium international.

Reports have indicated that they will be paying Brighton £21million as a base transfer fee. A further £6m could follow in add-ons.

Trossard has taken the number 19 shirt at Arsenal, who are aiming to have him available for their game against Manchester United on Sunday.

Whenever his debut comes, Trossard is ready to prove he belongs at the higher level.

“I’m really excited to get started,” he told “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.

“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 really 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.”

Versatile star outlines position preference

The 28-year-old held talks with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu, which convinced him that the Emirates Stadium was the place to be.

Now, Trossard is hoping his versatility can be beneficial in his new surroundings, although he did admit to one preference in terms of his position.

“They told me they really like me as a player, that I would really suit the system and how they want to play. It helps me that I’m versatile and that I can play in different positions,” Trossard added.

“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 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.

“I think I’m good in 1v1s. I’m composed in the box, so if I get chances, I can finish them off. I can hopefully help the team to win tough games – I’m great in tight spaces.

“I’m quite experienced as well, so I hope I can bring that to the team as well.”

Trossard moves to Arsenal midway through a season in which he has scored seven goals from 16 Premier League appearances.

Just like the club he has joined, he has been in good form, which he is now looking to preserve.

“This has been my best season in the Premier League,” he explained. “We did a great job at Brighton and my form there has been really good.

“After the World Cup, I didn’t play much because of the situation but I’m just so excited to start here with Arsenal and show myself on the biggest stage for a top club.

“[The club] has so much history and I want to be part of that history going on. That’s why I joined this project.

“I’m really excited to be here. I want to show myself to all the fans and on the biggest stage.”

Edu and Arteta welcome Trossard to Arsenal

Upon Trossard’s unveiling as an Arsenal player, Edu explained how he fits into their recruitment strategy.

“We’re delighted to have completed the signing of Leandro Trossard,” the director said. “We have a clear plan and strategy for our direction, and it’s been a great team effort in bringing Leandro to the club.

“Leandro is a player who will give us a high level of quality going forward. I know Mikel and our coaches are excited to start working with him. Welcome Leandro!”

Indeed, Arteta has already highlighted the aspects of Trossard’s game that can make a difference for Arsenal.

“It is good work from everyone at the club to complete the signing of Leandro,” Arteta said. “He is a versatile player with high technical ability, intelligence and a great deal of experience in the Premier League and at international level.

“Leandro strengthens our squad as we head into the second part of the season and we’re all looking forward to working with him. We welcome Leandro and his family to Arsenal Football Club.”

Arsenal are the sixth different club Trossard will have represented in his career. Previously, he had spells with Genk, Lommel United, Westerlo, OH Leuven and Brighton.

After things turned sour with the latter – following 25 goals in 122 appearances for the club – he has now moved on to a new challenge.

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