The Gunners were hoping to secure a decent deal after seeing Real Madrid star Eduardo Camavinga on surprise loan, but the move is already nearing completion.
Arsenal fans may have feared the worst with the January transfer window held hostage by Chelsea’s pursuit of Mihailo Mudric.
However, Mikel Arteta has confirmed a plan B awaits in the form of Leandro Trossard, who has signed a long-term deal at the Emirates after falling out with Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi. Given how quickly Arsenal completed the deal, the Belgium international could be available for Sunday’s clash with Manchester United at the Emirates.
Some Gunners supporters might think that Trossard’s arrival will spell the end of Arsenal’s transfer window this month, but Arteta has scored another goal since then and there’s likely to be more to come.
Mirror Football highlights three transfer concerns surrounding league leaders Arsenal on Sunday 22nd January.
London has a new player
Few expected Arsenal to sign Poland international Jakub Kiwior, but out of nowhere came reports that the Gunners had made a £21m move for the Spezia star.
The 22-year-old was seen arriving ahead of Saturday’s Gunners medical to fly to London, ahead of Kiwior’s clash with Arsenal United in North London on Sunday.
The Kiwior is an unknown number to most considering he hasn’t made his trade for any of the Serie A giants and doesn’t have much experience.
However, those keeping an eye on the mighty Spezia believe he has all the ingredients to reach the top, with Arteta boasting the quality on the ball required of all centre-backs, as well as the ability to play as a defensive midfielder.
Arsenal suffered a Kamavinga strike
It was reported on Friday night that the Arsenal hierarchy were considering a surprise loan move for Real Madrid sensation Eduardo Camavinga, but those hopes were dashed less than 24 hours later.
Camavinga’s agent, Josh Barnett, told journalist Fabrizio Romano that his client was going nowhere, dampening the Gunners’ cheers.
“Not true. Of course every club in the world wants him, but he’s very happy with Real Madrid and Real Madrid are very happy with Kamavinga,” explained Barnett.
Chelsea are rumored to be keeping a close eye on Camavinga’s situation, with the Frenchman struggling to get first-team action in the Spanish capital, but he seems happy to try to implement Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
Three reasons why Arteta should sign Trossard
The Arsenal boss spoke about the Belgian after confirming his arrival, citing some of the qualities that make Trossard attractive to the Gunners.
After admitting the 28-year-old was someone the club had been monitoring for some time, Arteta highlighted three positives Trossard is proud of as he inspires Arsenal’s pursuit.
“It’s a fantastic job from everyone at the club to complete the signing of Leandro,” he explained. “He is a player with great technical skills, intelligence and a wealth of experience in the Premier League and at international level.