Arteta reveals Trossard IS available to make his debut against Manchester United


Mikel Arteta has confirmed that new £27million signing Leandro Trossard should be available to make his debut against Manchester United on Sunday.

Arsenal can go 11 points clear of United with a victory which would leave Erik ten Hag’s side with a mountain to climb.

The Gunners confirmed the signing of Trossard from Brighton earlier on Friday afternoon.

When asked about whether the Belgian will feature against United, he said: ‘He trained today, so he’s good to go.’

Arteta also said that he believes that all the relevant paperwork has been done in time to ensure that Trossard can feature.

Discussing the signing of Trossard, he said: ‘We are really happy to have him. He’s a player we followed for a while.

‘The opportunity came and we had the necessity for a player in the front line who is versatile. I think he can have an immediate impact.’

Mikel Arteta has been eager to strengthen his attacking options as the Gunners pursue a first Premier League title since 2004 and Belgium international Trossard, 28, fits the bill.

Brighton will receive a guaranteed figure of around £20m with the remaining £7m made up of achievable incentives – and the Gunners have handed Trossard the No.19 shirt – previously worn by Nicolas Pepe.

Arteta did, however, refuse to delve further into Arsenal’s links to Poland defender Jakub Kiwior.

‘We cannot talk about players that we haven’t finalised. When that’s the case we can announce it,’ he added.


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