Gabriel Jesus is set to miss the first few weeks of Arsenal’s Premier League campaign after reportedly undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue in his knee.
With the Brazilian out, Arteta will have to find his short-term replacement and the £27m man, Leandro Trossard, could be the answer.
3 reasons why Leandro Trossard should replace Gabriel Jesus
1. Current form
The Belgian winger had an injury-riddled start to the pre-season campaign and despite scoring his first of the summer against the MLS All-Stars, he was forced off during the game – just as he was against FC Nurnberg.
However, the former Seagull made a quick return and commemorated his first start with a second-half brace in Los Angeles. His brace was coupled with an assuring performance, where he troubled the Barcelona defence and Sergiño Dest multiple times, especially in transition.
With reports emerging of the Gunners’ possible pursuit of Mohammed Kudus, Trossard has attempted to show Arsenal fans that they already have their own version of the Ghanaian at the Emirates. While Trossard is attempting to fight for his spot in the team, the signing of Kudus could lower him down the pecking order, but Trossard’s brilliant cameos could change Arsenal’s transfer plans.
Trossard is Arsenal’s top goalscorer in pre-season and it is only fair that his exciting runs, passages of play and ball-striking brilliance should be rewarded with a start. Scoring three goals from five games from the wing and midfield is a tough job, and Trossard can’t do much more to warrant a place in the starting XI.
Trossard has been used on the left and as a left-sided #8 this summer, but has not featured as a striker. However, Arsenal’s Community Shield clash kicks off on Sunday, and this will be the perfect time to test Trossard’s abilities in a competitive setting.
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