Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has sent a strong message to Thomas Partey urging him to become one of the leaders at Arsenal.
The Ghanaian has had a torrid time with injuries ever since he joined us. He has missed over 20 games already, and that hurt his chances of settling in and dominating every game we play from the middle of the park.
Partey looked incredible in pre-season and it really did look like he would make a real difference for us. However, another injury forced him out of our first four games of the season. Thankfully, he’s back now and Arteta has urged him to step up.
Arteta: Partey has to become one of Arsenal’s leaders
The Arsenal boss said in his press conference, as per Goal: “He has been missed for the last year or so because he missed almost six months of competition, which is a lot because he came very late as well in the transfer window.
“He is a player that has to be one of the leaders, he has to be the boss in midfield and one of the senior players that has to carry responsibility out of the young players and lead. We have been missing that big time.
“He has that winning culture, because he has won a lot in the game already, and to have these kind of players in the team is extremely important. So, he has got a huge role to play in the team.”
The Insider’s View:
Every football fan in the world knows how good a player Partey is when he’s fully fit. He is a complete midfielder who can dominate games almost singlehandedly, but sadly, Arsenal fans have only seen flashes of that until now.
Arteta’s right, Partey has to be the ‘boss’ of our midfield. If he stays fully fit for the remainder of the season, Arsenal’s chances of success will increase considerably every time we step onto the pitch, and that is exactly what all of us want.
Partey, labelled as ‘brilliant’ by Paul Scholes, has been declared fit for our game against Norwich tomorrow. He is expected to start alongside Albert Sambi Lokonga in the middle of the park, and if they have a good game, we should come away with a fairly comfortable victory.