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Trossard to Arsenal: His tactical evolution – and how he compares to new team-mates

Trossard to Arsenal: His tactical evolution – and how he compares to new team-mates

Leandro Trossard is a Lego enthusiast and his move to Arsenal there is something of a missing piece.

Mikel Arteta’s young team could be the pinnacle Major league and it is notoriously difficult to do good business in the January window without overpaying but adding attacking reinforcements could mean the difference between them winning this title or not.

Trossard, a 28-year-old Belgian who played 24 games (five goals) and World Cup experience, has 25 goals and 13 assists in 116 Premier League appearances for Brightonsince its debut in August 2019. Those numbers may look modest compared to Arsenal’s strikers, but only Neil Maupai has scored more (26) and Pascal Gross has more assists (19) for Brighton since joining from Genk back home.

So now he’s signed, tactically, what kind of player is Trossard, where can he fit into Arsenal’s squad and how does he compare to what they already have?

“It has to be the right player to take us to the next level,” Arsenal manager Arteta said last month when asked about possible transfers in the January window.

Trossard won’t be seen as a marquee signing in the way that Mikhail Mudryk would, but Arsenal need attacking depth – their first wingers Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have played more than 94 per cent of the minutes in the Premier League this season, with attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard on 88.7 per cent.

Eddie Nketiah led the line well in his absence Gabriel Jesuswho is yet to return from surgery on a knee injury he sustained while playing for Brazil at the World Cup, but Arteta relied on a consistent starting line-up and form.

So the arrival of Trossard, who offers positional versatility, gives the Arsenal boss more tactical flexibility as well as a man who can be a direct replacement for Sac, Martinelli or Odegaard if needed.

His managers at Brighton, Graham Potter and then Roberto De Zerbi, used Trossard in many roles, as shown in his positional chart below – he arrived from Genk as an inverted left winger, but played more as a No. 10 or No. 9, leading the line this season in a 4-2-3-1 formation with the appointment of De Zerbi in September.

He started the season under Potter as an inverted left-back in Brighton’s 3-box-3particularly lock picking Manchester UnitedThe team’s defense found Danny Welbeck, who then lined up for Gross to score the first goal in that shock win at Old Trafford on the opening weekend.

Trossard to Arsenal: His tactical evolution – and how he compares to new team-mates

In the first game De Zerbi in the return — after Chelsea lured Potter to west London – away Liverpool On 1 October, Trossard played against Welbeck as a prop striker and became only the third away player to score a Premier League hat-trick at Anfield.

The first of his three goals that day showed the Belgian’s qualities in the final third — agility, quickness of turn and two-footedness.

Brighton play diagonally from the right to Welbeck on the left, who shoots Trent Alexander-Arnold in the air and combines with the left back Pervis Estupinen to reach the edge of the area where he finds Solly March in space (white arrow).

Trossard runs for a cross from Houellebecq but is quickly repositioned when it doesn’t arrive, swiveling his hips and letting March’s pass (golden arrow) run across his body…

…and finishing with his non-dominant left foot – nine of Trossar’s 25 Premier League goals have been scored with his left.

AthleticBrighton writer Andy Naylor called the area of ​​the pitch where he scores from here the T-Zonethanks to the volume of goals, Trossard gets a penalty corner between the penalty and the six-yard box.

However, his hat-trick of goals at Anfield was scored by Trossar playing at full-back (yellow dot).

Brighton spread out down the left and Adam Webster rounded Mohamed Salah with his first touch after a side pass from fellow centre-back Lewis Dunk…

…and Trossard runs to block the back post as March finds Kaoru MitomaDiagonal running behind Alexander-Arnold…

…with Japan The International Cross (golden arrow) goes all the way to Trosar. He finishes by smashing it into the floor, but who cares if it ends up in the net for a hat-trick in front of the Kop at Anfield?

Trossard finishes extremely well from distance but doesn’t tend to make sharp runs for tap-ins, having scored just three from inside the six-yard box so far in his Premier League career.

He’s finding the net with an above-average rate this season — his most prolific streak in the majors.

It should be an easy adjustment to his new club’s style of play, with Arsenal-like Brighton using four backs, high pressing and a possession-based approach – they have had almost the same average share of the ball in their first 18 league games this year’s season (Arsenal 57.1%, Brighton 56.9%).

Trossard is a better player with space and a disorganized defense than against a low block, but his goal at Arsenal last April shows that he does have the ability to score in one touch after cutting back.

A long ball through the defense puts Enak Mwepa in a cross position and Trossard is one of four Brighton runners into the 18-yard box…

…but the Belgian, further off the ball, sees the defense collapsing and slows his run, meeting Mwepu’s cutback (golden arrow) to find the top corner without the redshirt next to him.

Assessing the evolution of his throws, Trossard has become a more consistent striker with less speculative effort (his average throw has dropped to 14.2 yards this season, he’s been over 16 in all three completed Premier League campaigns) but is more committed to gate. than ever at 2.6 efforts per 90 minutes.

A high concentration of goals scored from the left wing can point to a player who will fit the bill Arsenal’s left turns in attackwhere Jesus No. 9 pulls wide and winger Martinelli plays in the middle.

While the frequency of his touches remained consistent throughout the seasons, Trossard’s in 2022-23 were less spread out — less on the right, more in the box and a lot of volume on the left.

Trossaro doesn’t have the physical goal-to-goal play of Jesus or Martinelli’s direct speed, but he uses the space between the lines well and can receive from his defenders and link play with teammates or carry the ball closer to goal. He is something of a Sacco-Martinelli-Odegard hybrid.

Martinelli is considered the third most statistically similar attacking midfielder or winger in the Premier League to Trossard this season, but where the Brazilian is an outgoing dribbler — receiving long passes to then lead the team up the field with the ball at his feet — better passes from his new counterpart in the box, deftly manipulating the ball to avoid defenders and get into better shooting positions.

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This tendency to take a lot of touches can be detrimental in terms of getting dispossessed or not taking a shot, but when successful it improves the quality of chances – Trossard’s 16 dribbles that created shots were the fourth most in the Premier League licks lately. the season associated with Jesus (then a Manchester City player).

His late winner is Tottenham last April is one example…

Like his goal at home to City in May 2021, which saw Brighton win 2-0.

He has scored against all of the Big Six and since his Premier League debut only Salah (23) and Harry Kane Spurs (14) have more goals than Trossard’s 13 against those teams.

His assist in the first leg at home Wolves in January 2021 is a trademark of Trossard.

Driving on the outside of left-back Ryan Ait-Nouri and freeing up space to cross with his dominant right foot (red arrow), he completes a check and then drives the line again…

…and neglects to cross for a second time, even with more space, cutting away from Ait-Nuri onto his left foot…

…and a cross (golden arrow) for Aaron Connolly to put the ball into the net.

Another example is his opening goal in a 4-1 home win against Chelsea with Potter in October, when Mitoma drove into the box, took the ball from the winger and then used the cleats of both feet to clear the ball away from goalkeeper Kep Arizabalog.

It was the Belgian’s defensive diligence that started the move, reactive counter-pressing Thiago Silva after miscontrolling the ball and partially blocking his pass so that the ball deflected (red arrow) into Mitoma’s path.

Smarterscout data which scores players from zero to 99can be used to trace Trossard’s evolution since arriving in the Premier League.

There were clear drops in his Genk ratings when he first arrived in English football, particularly in the number of shots (from 59 to 27 of 99) and the frequency of shots and dribbles (82 to 45), but his game changed under Potter from a versatile striker (five goals and five assists in 2020-2021) to a more active scorer (15 goals and five assists since the start of last season).

With injuries continuing to affect Welbeck, Trossard has been Brighton’s first No.9 at times in recent weeks.

The Genk academy graduate is now above average in shot defense (69 out of 99) as the interceptions above show his ability to force turnovers – crucial considering Arsenal’s high press.

Trossard could well be exactly the signing Arsenal need more of and his availability will be vital for them as he has played over 2,000 league minutes in each of his three seasons at Brighton.

He will be hoping it ends well for him too, with a possible Premier League winner’s medal on the line.

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