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Mikel Arteta has insisted that he “speak out” about Thomas Partey’s controversial decision to stay on the sidelines with injury as Spurs beat Arsenal on the fast break.
Arteta was questioned as to whether he felt any ‘frustration’ or ‘annoyance’ with the summer recruit’s actions, as the Spaniard literally had to push Partey back onto the field, although it was too late.
Partey stopped when Arsenal were on their own counterattack opportunity moments earlier, with the ace injured after a strong decision left him with the urge to lash out at Steven Bergwijn.
Arteta insisted in his post-game press conference following the 2-0 loss to heated rivals that he has yet to “speak” to Partey about the timing.
The Arsenal manager mentioned earlier in this segment of the press conference that Partey’s controversial choice can be explained by the fact that he could have been in “a lot of pain.”
Here’s what Mikel Arteta has said about Thomas Partey’s injury and that the ace did not run back onto the field immediately before the Spurs scored their second … pic.twitter.com/PU0w5FYry5
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“It was too fast, we finished. I think it was a four-on-three situation for us to play the last ball and we passed, suddenly they come towards us.”
“Thomas is walking towards me, I’m trying to push him. I haven’t talked to him, I don’t know exactly how it happened, if he felt something really serious I’ll look at him and we’ll talk about it.”
Partey eventually returned to the field, but only took a couple of strides before stopping again, shortly after Giovani Lo Celso poked the ball into Heung-Min Son, who hit Harry Kane.
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness and Arsenal legend Alex Scott were unimpressed by the star’s decision, and the Scotsman claimed the team’s ‘leaders’ would not allow it.
The commentary from the leaders is what Arsenal fans should be concerned about, Partey was a player the Gunners chased throughout the window and is a high-profile figure, and a lot of money, brought in to transform the team into an area. key.