Arsenal can repeat Trossard trick by signing Girona winger Tsygankov

Arsenal had a productive 2023/24 season in the Premier League and they missed out on the title by a slender margin of two points to Manchester City.

Despite this, manager Mikel Arteta will want to strengthen his squad further and the onus could be on adding more depth and quality in key positions.

One of the prime focus for the Gunners could be a back-up for Bukayo Saka on the right wing.

Arteta has had the luxury of Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard on the left wing, but there has been an over-reliance on Saka on the right with no quality deputy.

In our opinion, the London giants have the chance to replicate the signing of Trossard from Brighton & Hove Albion by purchasing Viktor Tsygankov from Girona.

Tsygankov would be a quality back-up for Saka

The 26-year-old had a fantastic full season with the La Liga outfit last term. He registered eight goals and seven assists despite missing 10 games with four injuries.

The Ukrainian is a left-footed player by trade, but scored four of his goals with his right foot.

Like Trossard, Tsygankov is not much of a dribbler, but he has the knack for making key passes. He created 12 big chances in the Spanish top-flight last season.

He also impressed defensively with an average of three recoveries per outing.

Arsenal made the decision to sign Trossard from Brighton for £21m in January 2023 and he has been a revelation for them with 30 goal contributions in 68 outings.

The Belgian proved a quality competitor for Martinelli last season and eventually displaced him from the starting line-up during the back end of the league campaign.

It is unlikely that Tsygankov will displace Saka from the XI due to his consistent displays, but he could be a game-changer off the bench when the Englishman is not in his groove.

The Gunners have recently opened talks with his representatives and a deal could be struck so long as the club trigger the £26 million release clause in his current deal.

Arsenal may have to pay the entire fee up front over negotiating a long-term payment plan. Girona are Man City’s sister club and they are unlikely to allow any leeway.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com & Sofascore.com

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