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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has named Thomas Partey as a player who can “transform” his team in the second half of the season once they are back in top form.
The Ghana international has shone in his limited playing time with the Gunners thus far since his summer signing from Atlético Madrid, but hasn’t been able to make much of an impact, having played just five Premier League games in what it’s in season.
In his day, Partey is a world-class midfielder and looked like the move Arsenal needed when he joined from Atlético at the end of the summer transfer window, so one can imagine it’s frustrating for Arteta not to be able to use him until now.
The Spanish strategist seems to have got Arsenal back on the winning track in recent matches, but the team is still 11th in the table, and Partey’s return is surely needed if Arteta’s side is to climb further. the top. four in the next few weeks and months.
Speaking of Partey, Arteta was quoted by the Daily mirror as if to say: “We are in January and I think he has played two and a half games. That’s it and he was our main signing. We’ve been missing it.
“He brings something different to the team, he is a player with enormous talent. But also someone who can transform the team the way we want.
“It’s great if we can have it, keep it healthy and I think it will contribute in a very positive way. He has done most of the training in the last few days.
“He feels good and we will evaluate him. He needs another two or three good sessions to see if he is 100 percent okay to play. And if that’s the case, good news for us.”