Premier League leaders Arsenal have signed the Belgium forward Leandro Trossard from Brighton on Friday in a deal worth 163;27 million pounds ($33 million). Troussard agreed a “long-term” deal as Arsenal bolstered their attacking options to win the title for the first time since 2004. The 28-year-old could make his debut Michael ArtetaThe side are five points clear at the top going into a crucial clash against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
“It’s a good move from everyone at the club to sign Leandro,” Arteta told Arsenal’s website. “He is a versatile player with high technical ability, intelligence and a wealth of experience at Premier League and international level.”
“Leandro has strengthened our squad as we head into the second phase of the season and we are all looking forward to working with him. We welcome Leandro and his family to Arsenal Football Club.”
Arsenal sporting director Edu said: “We are delighted to have completed the signing of Leandro Trossard. We have a clear plan and strategy for our direction and it has been a great team effort to bring Leandro to the club.
“Leandro is a player who will give us a high level of quality going forward. I know Mikel and our coaches are excited to start working with him.”
Arsenal were pipped to sign the Ukraine winger Mykhailo Mudrik by London rivals Chelsea last weekend.
Trossard, who played for Belgium at the recent World Cup, has scored seven times in 16 Premier League appearances for Brighton this season, including a hat-trick at Liverpool in October.
The winger’s four-year spell at Brighton ended acrimoniously after his agent requested a transfer following a dispute with the Albion manager. Roberto D. Zerby.
De Jarby said former Genk player Trossard “disappeared” from training after being told he would not play in Brighton’s FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough in early January.
Troussard was left out of the squad for Brighton’s Premier League match against Liverpool last weekend, which they won 3-0.
De Zerbi said: “I’m sorry about the last time, but I still want to wish Leandro all the best for the future.”
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