Arsenal are one of the Premier League clubs that have made the news in recent weeks with regards to reinforcements in midfield. They’ve been heavily linked with summer moves for Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid and Houssem Aouar of Olympique Lyon.
The Gunners have started the season brilliantly, although they were pegged back by the 3:1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night.
The London-based Premier League club now under the management of Mikel Arteta have been heavily linked with a summer move for the aforementioned duo.
However, it remains to be seen if the parent clubs of these targets will be willing to agree to their terms being offered by the Premier League club as this has not been the case thus far.
Regardless, Ghana international Thomas Partey has caught the eye of various Arsenal fans all over the world and they’re demanding that the club make a move for him.
Thomas Partey has carved a niche for himself as one of the mainstays in the Atletico Madrid side under Diego Simeone in recent years with his ability to play majorly as a defensive midfielder, sometimes as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder, and also in defense as a right back.
The Ghanaian has been very impressive for the Rojiblancos and in La Liga, and it’s no surprise that he has emerged as a target for one of the elite clubs in the Premier League. However, does Arsenal need Partey? Where will he fit in the current Gunners’ setup if a move comes to fruition?
Football analysts who will easily pass for Arsenal fans have claimed that Arsenal under Mikel Arteta are very weak at breaking blocks and this is more pronounced when they come up against a decent and well-marshaled block of defenders who work as a unit, as seen in the game against West Ham.
This flaw will be resolved considerably if a player of Partey’s quality is added to the ranks and here are two key reasons why the club need the services of the Ghana international.
Thomas Partey has carved a niche for himself as a progressive passer of the ball and dribbler and this is complemented by his confidence and power when in possession of the ball.
With regards to making quick transitions from defense, he’s the key man and more so due to the deep-lying block that Mikel Arteta has preferred deploying thus far.
Finally, the current midfielders at Arsenal aren’t well versed in dribbling and passing through a press as was obvious in the loss against Liverpool on Monday night. They also lack the pace that Partey will offer, alongside his ability to break a press.
Arsenal need the Ghanaian and making him a priority ahead of Aouar may not hurt. Under Mikel Arteta, they’ve proven to be resilient and difficult to beat although they’ve been less creative with the defense still questionable and this is begging for a resolution.
Mikel Arteta has to ensure that this is sorted out if making the top 4 is a priority for the North Londoners this season, as should be the case.