Alan Shearer has questioned how pleased Leandro Trossard will be with his current situation at Arsenal.
Leandro Trossard had a brilliant impact for Arsenal against Everton on Sunday. The Belgian attacker was introduced from the bench in the first half to replace the injured Gabriel Martinelli, and went on to score the goal that earned the Gunners their 1-0 win.
The 28-year-old produced a magnificent left-footed finish to remind everyone of his quality at Goodison Park. Mikel Arteta would be wise to note how influential Trossard was once he got onto the pitch. Especially as the 28-cap Belgium international may well have been disappointed not to be named in the starting XI in the first place.
Despite having impressed in pre-season, Trossard has only started once for the Gunners in the Premier League this season, and on that occasion against Fulham he was substituted off at half-time in favour of Eddie Nketiah. He has racked up three Premier League appearances in total so far in the current campaign.
Shearer says Trossard is unhappy at Arsenal
Alan Shearer certainly thinks Trossard will be frustrated with his current level of involvement at the Emirates Stadium.
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Speaking on The Rest is Football podcast, the former Newcastle United striker discussed Arteta’s selection policy, saying, “that’s the problem managers have got with squads the size that they are nowadays. We interviewed [Leandro] Trossard after the game yesterday at Arsenal and I asked him that question because you can tell that he’s not happy.”
“Do you have to accept now as a footballer that in a big team that you’re going to be rotated? You might play on a Saturday and then be rested the next weekend. I would have hated that, hated it beyond belief to be left out.”
Trossard may well feature more heavily in the coming weeks if Martinelli is set for a spell on the sidelines with injury. However, he faces further competition for his place from the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson.
It will be fascinating to see who the Spanish coach picks to play against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday evening. If Trossard can maintain his current form in the coming weeks then it will become even harder for Arteta to leave him out of the Arsenal starting line up even with a fully fit squad to choose from.