How Arsenal could line up with Leandro Trossard: Versatile £26m signing can be a game-changer

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The signing of Brighton winger Leandro Trossard provides Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with the attacking reinforcements he has been crying out for during this transfer window.

No one can deny Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have been brilliant this season, but the idea they could play every minute of a title charge was fanciful.

Arsenal needed strength in depth, particularly off the bench in games, and by bringing in Trossard, as part of a deal that could eventually be worth £26million, Arteta will get that.

The Belgian predominantly plays off the left but he can also operate wide right and even as a No9 if required.

That makes him a perfect option for Arteta off the bench and Trossard’s role is likely to be one of a super sub as the Gunners look to win a first Premier League title since 2004.

Given his blistering speed, Mykhailo Mudryk fitted that brief of being an ideal impact player - but Trossard has his own strengths too.

At 28, he is experienced both domestically and internationally. He knows the Premier League and can, Arsenal will hope, hit the ground running.

Once Gabriel Jesus is back fit, Arteta will have a bench that he can turn to and look to change a game.

The prospect of bring Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe and Trossard all off the bench as Arsenal chase a goal could be a game-changer.

For far too long, there have been a lack of attacking alternatives for Arteta to turn to.