Rio Ferdinand’s labels Arsenal’s January acquisition of Leandro Trossard as a ‘MASTERSTROKE’ and insists the Belgian has had a ‘massive impact’ at the Premier League leaders
- Rio Ferdinand has praised the impact Leandro Trossard has had at Arsenal
- The Belgian joined the Gunners in January and hasn’t looked back since
- Ferdinand described Trossard as a ‘masterstroke’ signing by the league leaders
Rio Ferdinand has labelled Arsenal‘s Leandro Trossard as a ‘masterstroke signing’ after becoming the first player ever to record a hattrick of assists in a first-half in the Gunner’s 3-0 rout over Fulham on Sunday.
Trossard assisted Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli, and Martin Odegaard, as Arsenal strengthened their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The Belgian winger joined Mikel Arteta’s side in the January transfer window from Brighton after the club missed out on securing Mykhailo Mudryk who made the move to Chelsea instead.
Former Man United defender Ferdinand, hailed the impact that Trossard has had at the club since making his £27m move from the coast, telling his Youtube show, Vibe with Five: ‘Trossard, I think, has been a masterstroke signing.
‘We can talk about loads of signings during the season. But I think he’s one, gives you that depth in those areas, the wide areas, up front, which you needed.
Arsenal’s Leandro Trossard (black top) has received huge praise from Rio Ferdinand
The Belgian winger (black top) recorded three first-half assists against Fulham on Sunday
Trossard has begun to find form since making his Janaury move from Brighton to Arsenal
‘You had Martinelli and Saka producing miracles all year, but who was going to come in and affect the games if one of those was injured? Three assists in a half,’ he told his YouTube channel.
‘Only Saka and De Bruyne have more assists than him this season. He was the one player at Brighton who I was surprised hadn’t gone earlier because every time I watch him, I think he does something in a game. Belgian international.
‘We were talking about wide players not taking risks a minute ago. This guy takes risks. He’ll get it, he’ll give it, he’ll play one-twos, he’ll dribble. And he can see a pass, evidently.
‘He is doing everything and more of what Arteta would have wanted from him as a new signing at the halfway stage of the season. Massive impact.’
Trossard (right) has helped Arsenal through a tricky patch in the absence of Gabriel Jesus
Ferdinand hailed the impact Trossard has had since arriving at Arsenal in January
Trossard has scored eight goals in 25 Premier League appearances this season and bagged his first strike in an Arsenal shirt against Brentford in February.
There was further praise from Gunners captain Odegaard who also raved about Trossard’s quality following full-time at Craven Cottage on the weekend.
‘I think he’s brought some amazing things to the team, I love to play with him,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘He’s always there to link up, he always looks for the combinations and when he’s in the box he’s good to find the right pass like he did today and like he’s done in the other games. Really happy to have him on the team.’