If this special, breathtaking Arsenal side manage to clinch the club’s first Premier League title since 2004 – there is one particular signing that may have to thank. It’s not the excellent William Saliba, ever-improving Aaron Ramsdale or majestic Thomas Partey – despite their outstanding contributions this season. Leandro Trossard is Mikel Arteta’s new go-to guy and in all honesty, it looks like he has been part of the furniture at Arsenal for the best part of a decade.
His incisive runs, clever linkup play and efficiency in the final third has elevated the Gunners to new heights in recent weeks, at a time when Manchester City have started to turn the screw.
Trossard was only supposed to be a Plan B signing after Chelsea snatched Mykhaylo Mudryk from their clutches but actually given there was a £62million difference in their price tags, Arsenal have come out major winners.
The Belgian can play in multiple positions and fits Arteta’s team and style like a glove. He was just the perfect signing for Arsenal in so many ways. It’s a deal that once again reflects so impressively on Edu.
Arsenal could have waited until the summer after missing out on Mudryk but they knew this was the time to strike in the transfer market and now they are reaping the rewards.
They have done everything within their power as a club to maximise their chances of winning the title and now there is every chance they could achieve their dream. Trossard is at the heart of it.
His recent contributions have been nothing short of outstanding as a time when Arsenal were in desperate need of a refresh.
Arsenal picked up just one point from three Premier League matches upon his arrival in January and it was an indication that the Gunners were in a mini-rut for the first time this season.
Trossard assisted in the 1-1 draw with Brentford before coming into his own to help the Gunners secure six successive Premier League victories.
The attacker has picked up six assists in those matches and he is now thriving as the false-nine, creating chances for his team-mates with his admirable awareness and decision-making.
He picked up his latest assist in the 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday when he slid through Granit Xhaka, who slammed home with aplomb.
Eddie Nketiah did a fine job filling the void of Gabriel Jesus following his knee injury at the World Cup but Trossard is now also ticking so many boxes for Arteta.
He can play both out wide or centrally and masters either role with equal devastating effect.
Trossard looks like a £50m player and is now delivering consistency, something he failed to achieve during his impressive spell with Brighton.
Jesus is now back and while he needs minutes to sharpen his fitness, it’s unlikely that he will be receiving substantial game time in the Premier League anytime soon with Trossard at the top of his game.
The Belgium international is playing as good as anyone in this Arsenal team at the moment and although Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka will take the headlines, his impact on this team has been so vital.
There is an element of romance and class about the way Arsenal moved to say Trossard from Brighton after Chelsea nabbed Mudryk, it’s a shrewd signing that truly reflects how far the club have come in recent times under the Arteta regime.