Two Arsenal starters at risk after full details on £27m Trossard agreement emerge, as Conte pays the price for Tottenham misstep

Brighton attacker Leandro Trossard Credit: Alamy
Brighton attacker Leandro Trossard Credit: Alamy

Arsenal have agreed a £27m fee to sign Leandro Trossard from Brighton to put two Gunners stars in jeopardy, while Antonio Conte will be left kicking his heels after a dubious Tottenham pursuit.

Arsenal’s primary target in the final third this month was Ukraine stand-out, Mykhaylo Mudryk. Personal terms were agreed, but once Chelsea bid far in excess of Arsenal’s upper limit, the Gunners did not hesitate to walk away from the deal.

That resulted in Chelsea signing the former Shakhtar Donetsk forward, though Arsenal were never likely to take the transfer miss laying down.

A move for Leandro Trossard quickly rounded into shape, with Fabrizio Romano reporting the wantaway Brighton forward had agreed terms with Arsenal.

Now, both Romano the the Athletic’s David Ornstein have confirmed Brighton have accepted an Arsenal bid worth £27m. Romano gave the move his signature ‘here we go’ confirmation on Twitter.

A three-and-a-half year contract has been agreed and the £27m fee is split between £21m up front and £6m in add-ons.

Trossard, 28, has notched seven goals and three assists in the league so far this season. He bagged a memorable hat-trick at Anfield in October, and TEAMtalk have taken a closer look at how he compares to Arsenal’s current crop of forwards.

On that front, Trossard’s imminent arrival is likely to affect two forwards in particular.

The Belgian can play anywhere across the front line, though has primarily featured either on the left flank or behind the striker.

He’s also been deployed up front, though Arteta has Eddie Nketiah for that role who’ll eventually be usurped by Gabriel Jesus once returning from injury anyway.

Trossard has not started a Brighton match on the right wing once this season. Furthermore, he featured on the right on just three occasions in the league last season. As such, Bukayo Saka’s place is safe and it’s unlikely he’ll ever be brought off for Trossard mid-match.

On the contrary, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli may now see their minutes cut, or at the very least managed once Trossard arrives.

Both have been superb for Arsenal this year and have regularly played the full 90 minutes. However, Arteta now has a more than capable option for the left wing or No 10 and Odegaard and Martinelli can expect to see their minutes take a hit moving forward.

Tottenham their own worst enemy

The pace of Arsenal’s pursuit once Mudryk moved to Chelsea has been hailed by many within the media. Indeed, Arsenal took less than 24 hours to strike an agreement with Brighton after making initial contact on Wednesday.

Trossard was also a concrete target for Tottenham who are expected to part ways with Lucas Moura at season’s end. Indeed, Antonio Conte’s side were widely reported to have seen a £12m verbal offer rejected.

A bid of that size – even for a player who fell out with Brighton boss Roberton De Zerbi – was never likely to succeed.

Their inability to react by stumping up a more realistic offer left the door ajar for Arsenal who duly strode through.

Some may question a £27m fee for a player who is already 28. However, that is hardly a scandalous sum in the modern market and Trossard is both an explosive option as well as proven in the Premier League.

If he makes even a minor impact in Arsenal’s surge towards the title, he’ll be worth every penny.

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