Arsenal signed Auston Trusty from MLS side Colorado Rapids in January this year, and the defender is now set to join Birmingham City on loan.
The Rapids, like Arsenal, are owned by Stan Kroenke, and the American was signed with the view of giving him opportunities in Europe by sending him out on loan.
Arsenal have plenty of options at the back already, which means there’s no way Trusty will be considered for the first team. That’s why he’s set to leave for the whole of next season.
Arsenal defender Auston Trusty to join Birmingham City on loan
Birmingham City finished 20th in the Championship last season and they’ll be hoping to do a lot better this time around.
90min claim today that Trusty will be sent on loan to St. Andrew’s for the whole of next season, where he will get his first taste of European football.
23-year-old Trusty started his career at Philadelphia Union before moving to Colorado in 2019. He is yet to pick up a senior international cap but has represented the United States on 21 occasions across different youth levels.
A spell in Europe, albeit in the Championship, will certainly make Trusty a better player, and he could well get his maiden international cap in the very near future if he impresses.
He may never play for Arsenal
According to The Athletic, ‘the Kroenkes have been looking for ways to create deeper connections between their sporting franchises’.
The deal between Arsenal and Colorado Rapids for Trusty is probably more down to expanding our international network than to help Mikel Arteta’s first team squad.
The plan was to always send Trusty out on loan to a European club to help him develop, and the American may never play a single game for Arsenal.
That, however, could change if the 23-year-old has a phenomenal campaign in the Championship next season.