Arsenal have announced the signing of Leandro Trossard from Brighton in the winter transfer market.
Trossard is the third Belgian in Arsenal’s history after Thomas Vermaelen and Sambi Lokonga.
The Belgian will wear the number 19 shirt with the Gunners.
According to reports, the deal extends for 4 and a half years and costs Arsenal 27 million euros.
“We are delighted to complete the signing of Leandro Trossard,” sporting director Edu said via the official website. “We have a clear plan and strategy for our direction, and it has been a fantastic team effort to bring Leandro to the club.”
“Leandro is a player who will give us a high level of quality in the future. I know Mikel and our coaches are excited to start working with him. I welcome Leandro.”
For his part, Mikel Arteta, the technical director of Al-Janzer, said on the official website: “It is a good work from everyone in the club to complete the signing of Leandro. He is a versatile player with high technical capabilities, intelligence and great experience in the English Premier League and at the international level.”
“Leandro is strengthening our squad as we approach the second part of the season and we are all looking forward to working with him. We welcome Leandro and his family to Arsenal Football Club.”
The club stated that the player will be eligible to participate in the Arsenal shirt against Manchester United next Sunday.
“I’m really excited to get started,” Trossard said after joining Arsenal. “This is a big club and I’m ready to show the fans what I can do. Everyone has seen how we’re doing really well and I’m here to help make their dreams come true, including me.”
And he continued, “At Arsenal they told me that they really liked me as a player, that I would fit into the system and knew how they wanted to play. It helps me to be versatile and that I can play in different positions. They are looking forward to working with me and vice versa. I am really excited to work with them and I think Mikel is a great coach.”
According to reports, the Trossard deal took place in just 24 hours as compensation for the Mikhailo Modric deal.
Modric was a target for Arsenal in the current winter transfer market, before Chelsea finally settled the deal.
The Belgian international played 16 matches with Brighton in the league competition this season, scoring seven goals and assisting three others.
The 24-year-old joined Brighton from Belgian Genk in the summer of 2019.
Trossard played 24 international matches with the Belgium national team, scoring five goals.
Arsenal are at the top of the English Premier League standings with 47 points from 18 matches, 8 points ahead of Manchester City, their closest competitor.