£18m Brighton star Leandro Trossard explains why he didn't join Arsenal

Arsenal Manager Unai Emery during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Vitoria Guimaraes at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Unai Emery's Arsenal were in talks with ex-Genk captain Trossard before he joined Premier League rivals Brighton and Hove Albion instead.

Brighton & Hove Albion's Leandro Trossard (left) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Norwich City at American Express...

Leandro Trossard has admitted to Nieuwsblad that he held talks with Arsenal before joining Premier League rivals Brighton and Hove Albion instead over the summer.

The Seagulls paid £18 million to sign the Belgian winger in May and, unlike Alireza Jahanbahksh, Jurgen Locadia and co, he looks worth every penny so far even if injuries have restricted him to just four starts so far for Graham Potter’s side.

Trossard scored a brilliant goal against West Ham, changed the game off the bench against Everton and inspired Brighton to their 2-0 triumph over Norwich City recently.


And given how badly Arsenal have struggled for creativity of late, Trossard is already looking like one that got away for Unai Emery’s misfiring Gunners.

"I was in conversations with Arsenal. (But) a move to Arsenal or Atlético Madrid might not have been the right one,” said the former Genk captain, who produced a remarkable 22 goals and 11 assists in his final season in Belgium.

“The trainer, Graham Potter, had come to the Belgium team hotel in Tubize three weeks before my wedding to come and talk to me. That he came for that made me feel good.

Leandro Trossard forward of Genk celebrating winning the title of the Jupiler Pro League after the Play-Offs 1 Jupiler Pro League match between KRC Genk and Standard Liege on May 19, 2019...

“Brighton were nervous and pushed to (complete the) deal quickly. And Brighton is not the worst place to live.”

Arsenal have scored just twice from open play in their last eight games in all competitions and, even with the maverick Mesut Ozil back in the XI, drew another blank during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester.

Trossard, however, already looks like one of the signings of the season with his rapid pace and ability to make something out of nothing giving Brighton the sort of cutting edge they were so clearly lacking during much of the Chris Hughton era.

Leondro Trossard of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United at American...

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