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20th Jan 2023

Adam Lallana fires parting shot at Leandro Trossard after Arsenal move

Callum Boyle

Lallana Trossard

Trossard left the Seagulls on Friday.

Brighton’s Adam Lallana fired a parting shot at Leandro Trossard after confirmation of his departure was revealed on Friday.

Trossard was announced by Arsenal on Friday afternoon and could make his debut against Manchester United on Sunday after being registered in time.

His move to the Emirates followed after his public falling out with manager Roberto De Zerbi, despite scoring seven goals for the Seagulls.

The Belgium international becomes the latest high profile name to leave the Amex Stadium, with Ben White – who he will reunite with at Gunners – and Marc Cucurella two of many to depart in recent years, but Lallana said that Brighton can cope without him.

“You only need to look at the last three games without him, I think it’s been 5-1, 4-1 and 3-0,” he told Sky Sports.

“Players can leave Brighton but we’ve got enough without them.

“We had enough without [Yves] Bissouma, [Marc] Cucurella, Ben White, Dan Burn, when Neal [Maupay] moved on. So if Leo moves on we’ll cope. We’re coping already.”

Tensions between Trossard and De Zerbi first surfaced after the World Cup break when the winger’s agent said that the Brighton boss had ‘humiliated’ his client.

He said: ““After the World Cup there was an altercation at training between Leandro and another player over an inanity.

“Since then, the trainer has not spoken to Leandro, which is obviously not conducive to the atmosphere, as well as performance-wise.

Lallana Trossard

“Leandro still was a first-eleven player against Southampton and Arsenal but against Everton he was on the bench.

“Last Monday, the manager [De Zerbi] humiliated Leandro in [the] group and indicated that he no longer wanted to see him. A manager who has not communicated directly with his player for four weeks is really incomprehensible.”

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