Trossard has been a constant in Mikel Arteta’s plans since switching from the Amex to Emirates. Adopting a variety of roles in the Gunners’ frontline, mostly as a left-sided attacker but frequently entrusted with leading the line through the centre, Trossard has recently been relishing the freedom throughout the frontline, scoring two goals in the previous two games alone. He’s swiftly becoming a fan favourite, and he’s living up to his £27 million price tag.
Along with being a consistent contributor with goals and assists, he just scored Arsenal’s 1000th goal at the Emirates and his third goal of the season. Mikel Arteta, added – “You have to put your body over the line if it’s necessary and he’s done it, and it’s the 1000th goal at Emirates Stadium, a beautiful number, so I’m very happy with him. I think every time you ask him to play, whether it’s wide or as a nine, it flows and he’s a real threat, so I’m really happy with him”.
He has been critical of the recent improvement in performance, and his manager has noted that his synergy with his teammates has been noticed. – “I think that he connects everybody, you know. He’s so intelligent. He moves in the spaces in ways that attract people and generates spaces and options for people and today he has done it really well because it was very difficult as the spaces were so small to attack and he gave us a lot of threat and possibilities to connect and find spaces for us”.
Arsenal have frequently been hailed for their play on the ball, but their effort off the ball has recently been just as spectacular, with their triumph over the Clarets being a great example, as Arteta stated. Arteta stating ‘I think, in the last two or three games, has been much more courageous in that sense and today, so many times in the final third, we sustained attacks in the spaces and it becomes really difficult for the opponent’.
As a consequence, Arsenal entered the international break in third position, one point behind leaders Manchester City, who earned just one point against Chelsea in an eight-goal thriller. They return to play on November 25th, when they go to the Bees in Brentford, hoping not to get stung.