2. Deploy the in-form man
Trossard is making it almost impossible for Arteta not to include him in his strongest XI. It initially looked as if the Belgian would pip Gabriel Martinelli to a starting role down the left, but Jesus’ injury has opened the door for Trossard to start up top.
The former Brighton star was used in a central position by Arteta on multiple occasions last season when both Jesus and Nketiah were out. Overall, Trossard was able to replicate Jesus’ role better than Nketiah. His movement is excellent, and he’s got such a great appreciation for timing. Trossard’s a canny customer, and his brilliance has manifested time and time again this summer.
He’s currently the club’s top scorer in pre-season, and he may be destined to start the campaign in a central role so Martinelli can retain his place in the XI. Another in-house option for Arteta is Kai Havertz, but the German is seemingly preferred in Granit Xhaka’s left-sided #8 role.
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