'Would have loved to be on the plane': Arsenal 24-year-old reacts after shock World Cup snub
Arsenal loanee Auston Trusty has spoken out on Twitter after missing out on a place in the United States team for the World Cup.
The 24-year-old linked up with the Gunners in summer after they agreed a deal for him in the January transfer window.
Trusty signed for Arsenal from Colorado Rapids, but he stayed on loan with the MLS club until July.
Almost immediately after arriving, the Gunners loaned Trusty out to Birmingham City for the 2022–23 season.
Apparently, there were reports suggesting his transfer was more of a business opportunity for American owner Stan Kroenke rather than a first-team investment.
However, Trusty has taken English football by storm, quickly becoming a fan favourite at St Andrew’s.
He has made 21 appearances for Birmingham, netting three goals and delivering several Man of the Match displays.
As a result, Trusty was a contender to make the USMNT squad for the tournament in Qatar.
“He should be on that plane, definitely,” Birmingham boss John Eustace said in October, as per football.london.
“It’s definitely not too late. I’ve spoken to the US manager and I have told him how well he is doing.
“It’s important they see that and understand he’s playing in one of the toughest leagues in Europe, week-in, week-out, against top players.
“I think they’ve watched a couple of games on video but I’ve told them to get the scouts out and watch him play.
“He (Gregg Berhalter) should come and watch him himself.”
However, despite strong calls for his inclusion, Trusty was not named in the final 26-man roster.
Plenty of fans were gutted about the news, but the player himself delivered a classy message wishing his compatriots all the best.
Under the radar
Trusty’s signing went somewhat under the radar at Arsenal, likely because of his age and position.
However, he has been doing very well at Birmingham, and his manager rates him incredibly highly.
Trusty has received plaudits throughout his career, with Rapids head coach Robin Fraser hailing his “incredible development”.
Admittedly, Trusty has a tricky job when he returns to Arsenal, with competition in the form of some of the best defenders in world football right now.
Nonetheless, it’ll be exciting to see what his future holds, and Arteta is surely liking what he’s seeing from the player.
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