They missed out on Mykhaylo Mudryk, but Arsenal have finally secured attacking reinforcements with the acquisition of Leandro Trossard.
Arsenal have completed the signing of Leandro Trossard from Brighton and Hove Albion for a reported £27million.
The Belgian international has agreed a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium, which should last until July 2027.
Arsenal have made no secret of their desire to bring in attacking reinforcements this month, with Mykhaylo Mudryk initially believed to be their primary target.
But Chelsea beat them to the signing of the Ukraine international last week, despite Mudryk looking set to move to north London.
Shakhtar Donetsk have confirmed that Arsenal have matched Chelsea’s reported £89m (€100m) bid in monetary terms, but felt the variables and bonuses in the Blues’ offer were more realistic.
However, some might feel that Trossard is a less risky signing and represents better value.
Arsenal are believed to have been interested in Trossard before he joined Brighton from Genk in 2019, and he has developed into a high-class winger at the Amex Stadium who offers both goal threat and creativity.
Since the start of last season, Trossard is one of only seven players to have scored at least 14 Premier League goals (excluding penalties) and created more than 65 chances in open play – the others being Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Bruno Fernandes.
Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham have also been credited with interest, although recent reports suggested Spurs’ £12m bid had been “laughed off”.
Trossard wanted to leave Brighton after falling out with head coach Robert De Zerbi, who criticized the winger’s approach earlier this month after dropping him from the squad.