Arsenal has signed winger Leandro Trossard from Brighton & Hove Albion, the North London club announced on Friday. According to sources, the Gunners defeated local rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign the Belgian.
“We are really happy to have him,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta stated following the announcement. “He’s a player we have followed for a while now. The opportunity came — we had the necessity to have a player in the frontline that is versatile enough to play in different positions.”
The 28-year-old player proved to be a standout player for Brighton so far this season, scoring seven goals in 16 Premier League games including a hat-trick against Liverpool. He also played in the Belgium national team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Following his return from the World Cup, however, Trossard’s relationship with Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi had reportedly deteriorated. According to De Zerbi, he is regretful that there was a change in behavior, however, he remains confident that his team can continue to thrive without Trossard in the front line.