Leandro Trossard assisted in giving Arsenal total control of Fulham, resulting in another precious victory for the Gunners that was all but assured before halftime.
The Gunners recruited the Belgian forward in January to give their assault more oomph; his versatility has come in handy while Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah have been sidelined with injuries.
When Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli, and Martin Odegaard were able to find the goal against Fulham thanks to a corner and two crosses from the left, he made his most significant contribution from out wide, becoming the first player in the English top flight to be so productive in terms of assists in the first 45 minutes of an away game. He again started in the middle against Fulham.
The Belgian, whose return to the squad may have been even more welcome than Jesus’, netted a hat-trick of assists. His smooth movement makes Arsenal’s front line perform at its highest level and makes him very difficult to defend.
Even Eden Hazard has labeled him the greatest prospect to replace him in Belgium following his strong play. Football pundit Rio Ferdinand even dubbed Trossard a “masterstroke signing” by the gunners. It is interesting to note that the Belgian was not their first choice; it was Mykhailo Mudryk of Shakhtar Donetsk who was swooped in by Chelsea.
Trossard, who spent four years playing for Brighton, has settled into life at Arsenal much more quickly than Mudryk, who is still getting used to playing in the Premier League.
If Arsenal wins the Premier League for the first time since 2004, the £21 million spent to recruit Leandro Trossard will be one of the year’s best deals.