Leandro Trossard has discussed his decision to join Arsenal and his surprise at getting so many minutes so soon after the move.
Leandro Trossard completed a move to Arsenal fairly late in the January transfer window, but he’s already had a major impact in the two months of club football since then.
The forward started by playing a minor role in Arsenal’s late winner over Manchester United, before scoring in a draw with Brentford.
An injury to Eddie Nketiah saw him take a spot in the starting lineup, and he’s provided six assists in his seven starts since then.
Trossard’s five assists in March earned him a nomination for Premier League Player of the Month, and he’s certainly played a vital role in keeping Arsenal clear at the top of the table.
On making the move to north London, the 28-year-old suggests it was an easy choice, as he was keen to make a step up.
“When I first heard about it, I was really eager to come here because it’s a top, top club,” Trossard told Arsenal.com.
“Obviously Arsenal had been doing really well already before I arrived, and seeing the team I knew what we could achieve this season.
“I had a really good chat with the manager as well, and he really gave me even more hunger to come here.
“For me and my family, it was a really easy decision. They’ve always wanted to see me at the highest level too, and for me in the end it was just an easy decision.”
Despite Trossard’s desire to make the move, he’s admitted that he didn’t necessarily think he’d be playing as much as he is at the moment, at least not this soon.
“I maybe didn’t expect to make that many minutes, but injuries helped me a bit. I’m however more than convinced of my own capabilities,” Trossard said at a Belgium press conference on Wednesday.
“I arrived in a great group, filled with great players. That also makes it easier for new players to adapt and reach their levels.
“It was a very busy and weird period for me, but I’m very happy that I have been able to join Arsenal. I think it’s been a great step for me.”
Now, the target is to win the Premier League, with an eight-point lead over Manchester City (having played an extra game) and 10 games remaining.
If Trossard can help Arsenal do that, he’ll very quickly write himself into the history books with his new club.