GENK, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 20: Leandro Trossard pictured during the UEFA Europa League Group I match between KRC Genk and Malmo at Cristal Arena on September 20, 2018 in Genk, Belgium. (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick.Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

7 Things to Know About Reported Arsenal Target Leandro Trossard

With the January transfer window fast approaching, Arsenal are beginning to draw up their targets for what could potentially be a busy period of activity in the market, with Leandro Trossard said to be among the names Unai Emery is interested in.


Danny Welbeck's serious ankle injury looks set to be the decisive factor in prompting the Gunners to act in the January window, with the England forward's problems having significantly hampered Emery's attacking ranks.


With Welbeck having undergone surgery, the front line suddenly appears to be the area in which Arsenal's squad is lacking in depth of options, and a number of star attacking names have been linked with a switch to the Emirates as a result.


With Leandro Trossard one of the less familiar faces to have been mentioned, here are seven things to know about the young Genk winger being linked with the Gunners.

7. Loan Spells Have Brought Success

Trossard rose to prominence on loan at Lommel SK in 2013. Still a youngster on the books at parent club Genk, the winger impressed during his temporary spell with the Belgian First Divison B side.


The Belgian forward hit 16 goals in 33 appearances for his loan side, raising awareness of his budding potential in his homeland.


Trossard returned to Lommel for another loan spell a year later, scoring another 16 goals in 33 games during the 2014/15 season. Further loan spells with Westerlo in 2013/14 and OH Leuven have also yielded success for the winger, earning Trossard the chance to make his name with Genk.

6. Step Up With Genk

Proving that the success of his loan spells was no stroke of luck, Trossard has made his mark with his parent club since establishing his place at Genk.


Trossard has become a first team regular with the Belgian First Division A side in recent times, scoring 16 goals in 55 appearances for Genk, furthering his reputation as one of Belgium's brightest prospects.


Now 23, Trossard's impressive form has seen him being linked with clubs around Europe. Though January may be a difficult time for a player unproven in the Premier League to make such a transfer, a move to a bigger European league seems the ideal next step up.

5. Belgium's Next International Star

Aside from his club commitments, Trossard has risen with similar success through the ranks for his country, having started in the Under-16 ranks in 2010 and risen through the divisions since. 


Though he is yet to feature for Roberto Martinez's senior side, Trossard is set to become a senior Belgium international. The forward was called up by Martinez for his squad in September this year, though Trossard did not play. Having been called up once more in the following squad, the winger was forced to withdraw through injury.


However, Trossard has appeared just once for his country at Under-21 level, meaning that his club form is more responsible for breeding his growing reputation around Europe as a bright prospect. Should the winger complete a move to a club of Arsenal's stature, it is highly likely that Trossard would emerge even more prominently on Roberto Martinez's radar.

4. Enjoying a Fine Season With Genk

At present, Trossard is in the form of his career with his club side, with 15 goals to his name from 18 appearances for Genk this term.


The 23-year-old's form has guided Genk to the top of the league table in Belgium, and the potential to sign a player of such potential who is already in such red-hot form has surely been key in drawing interest from Arsenal.


The Gunners are short on the kind of natural width and direct pace that Trossard could offer them, and with such fine goal scoring form only increasing the winger's appeal, it is clear as to why Unai Emery's side are watching with interest.

3. A Host of Admirers

Though Arsenal's apparent interest has become the most heavily reported on, the Gunners are  not alone in tracking Trossard.


According to The Sun, Premier League rivals Tottenham and Southampton hold an interest in the Belgian star, whilst Thierry Henry's Monaco and Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund are also said to be in the mix for his signature.


Should Trossard decide to move on from Genk, it seems apparent that the winger will have no shortage of high-quality options around Europe for his next club. However, with the 23-year-old coming on leaps and bounds in his homeland this term, a mid-season switch to a new, unfamiliar league could be an unwise move at present.

2. A Versatile Option

Perhaps one of Trossard's most attractive assets as a potential target for Arsenal in particular is his versatility as an attacking player.


Primarily a winger, the Belgian is also capable of playing in central midfield or even as a second striker, though his preferred position is on the left flank. Arsenal's loss of Welbeck to injury has seen Emery left without a player who had offered similar versatility and good effect in a variety of attacking positions this term. 


Arsenal have generally struggled for consistency in the wide areas, with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being utilised on the left, whilst Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been rotated on the right hand side. Trossard could be a valuable asset as the answer to the Gunners' attacking issues.

1. Following In the Footsteps of Superstars

Should Trossard arrive at Arsenal or another big-name European club, the winger would be following the same path as a number of Belgian stars who also began their career with Genk.


Manchester City maestro Kevin De Bruyne is the pick of the bunch of those who also found their feet with the Belgian club before moving on to bigger things, having joined Genk at the age of eight before moving on to join Chelsea in 2012.


Former Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco, Premier League mainstay Christian Benteke, Burnley star Steven Defour, Liverpool's forgotten man Divock Origi and Real Madrid's superstar goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois all earned their stars with Genk before becoming big-hitters of Europe.