Ray Parlour has warned incoming Arsenal signing Leandro Trossard he will have to settle for a bit-part role in Mikel Arteta’s title-chasing squad.
The Belgium international is set to complete his move to the Premier League pacesetters on Friday and is likely to be in contention to make his debut against Manchester United on Sunday.
Arsenal have moved on swiftly from the disappointment of missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk who completed his big-money move to Chelsea last weekend having appeared on the verge of signing for their north London rivals.
The Gunners have held a long-standing interest in Trossard, who was managed by Arteta’s assistant Albert Stuivenberg during their time together at Genk.
Arsenal have agreed a deal that could be worth up to £27million with Brighton and although Parlour believes the new signing represented a ‘no-brainer’ he is unlikely to dislodge Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka from Arteta’s starting XI.
‘Certainly he’s a good squad player,’ Parlour told talkSPORT. ‘He’s not going to be starting in front of Saka and Martinelli at the moment.
‘Smith Rowe’s on the bench at the moment, another quality player. If you look at Manchester City’s bench when they bring top stars on it’s littered with unbelievable players which is different to Arsenal’s bench.
‘They needed someone. Obviously, they missed out on Mudryk to Chelsea and they needed a reinforcement. I didn’t not at all but it’s a gamble but he’s got big money and big contract so good luck to him.
‘I feel they have been at all times in search of a winger. He can pop up with a purpose he were given a hat-trick at Anfield previous this season so I feel he’s a good signing for the cash as smartly it’s now not so much on this generation, he’s were given just right enjoy I believed he used to be a no brainer for Arsenal.’
Brighton have been reluctant to let the flexible winger go away in January, however after plenty of disciplinary breaches following the Global Cup supervisor Roberto De Zerbi admitted the south coast membership have been left with little possibility.
He mentioned: ‘The placement used to be tricky I feel, as a result of I understood he sought after to depart.
‘I’m sorry for the final length as a result of I want when persons are transparent now not when there’s some other behaviours. I feel anyway we’re a just right staff and we will play smartly with Leo or with out Leo.
‘Within the switch marketplace, you’ll be able to at all times support. You’ll at all times purchase new gamers however we’re at a just right degree now and the gamers are excellent gamers.
‘It’s now not really easy to support this squad. But when there’s the chance with Tony (Bloom) and the membership, we can do one thing.’
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