Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere spoke on The Highbury Squad YouTube channel yesterday about Thomas Partey and what he can do in the Premier League next season.
The Ghanaian joined us last summer for a hefty £45 million from Atletico Madrid. (BBC) Many viewed him as the final piece in the puzzle to help take Arsenal to the next level, but Partey, sadly, didn’t have a great campaign.
The 28-year-old struggled with two injuries in the first half of last season. That really hurt him and although Arsenal fans got to see what he’s all about in flashes, we’re yet to see the real Thomas Partey dominate games consistently.
Jack Wilshere: Thomas Partey will come good for Arsenal
Partey will have a full pre-season this time and Arsenal fans are hoping that he will be fit and raring to go. Wilshere, who has played against the Ghanaian before, is convinced that he will come good for the Gunners next term.
He said: “I like Partey. I think there’s more to come from him.
“I think he had ups and downs last season. But I think he’s going to come good this season. He’s a really good player. I have played against him a few times. He’s very good.”
The Insider’s View:
Everyone who follows the game knows that Thomas Partey is an exceptional footballer. When he’s fully fit and firing, there aren’t many in the Premier League who are better than him, but we’re yet to see that on a consistent basis.
The upcoming campaign will be a very important one for Partey and the full pre-season will certainly help. However, he will most likely have a new partner in the middle of the park, and he may need some time to form a good partnership with him.
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One thing is almost certain though – Partey will have a much better season than the last one. He needs to step up for Arsenal, and if injuries don’t bother him throughout the next campaign, he could be a real star for us.