How Arsenal could use Thomas Partey to strengthen the XI

Written by Kian Long

May 5, 2020

The summer transfer window is always an exciting one and it’s not only exciting whilst it’s ongoing either. Indeed, the weeks and months leading up to the big event are filled with speculation, analysis and rumours. Those that have been following the Arsenal news closely know that one name seems to feature above the rest and his name is Thomas Partey.

It’s thought that the Ghana international will move to the Emirates Stadium from Atletico Madrid this summer, although it is of course down to whether or not the board will put together some cash to land the midfielder. Fans are definitely on board, and so too is Mikel Arteta, who has made clear his desire to strengthen the midfield since he was first unveiled as manager. Now, it’s been reported Partey has made it his priority to join Arsenal

There are many reasons why Arsenal fans want to sign Thomas Partey. He is an established midfielder who is entering the prime stages of his career, so there has never been a better time to sign him. However, how will he improve the side that Arteta is busy crafting?

His progressive passing is what stands out the most to me. It’s not rocket science to say that passing is one of the main traits a midfield should flourish in. After all, it is the bridge between defence and attack.

That said, Arsenal do have some pretty good passers of the ball. Granit Xhaka is the dictator of play and he is able to spread the play when need be. Lucas Torreira is very good at stealing the ball and popping it off to this teammates. Mesut Ozil is the only midfielder, though, who is able to pass progressively. However, he is rumoured to be on the way out.

With that being said, could Thomas Partey act as a replacement for Ozil? Well, certainly. They are not within exactly the same mould, but Partey is very capable of improving Arsenal’s passing in the final third. After all, this has been his role for Atletico Madrid.

Also, deploying a midfield three of Partey, Xhaka and Torreira will give Arteta plenty more stability in the defence. This is because Hector Bellerin won’t need to be as inverted as he has been at times under Arteta, since there will be enough cover in the midfield to enable him to stick to his position. This will certainly benefit Bellerin, who prefers having the freedom to bomb forward while having the pace and stamina to get back when necessary.

Overall, it’s a win-win transfer so I can understand why Arteta wishes to sign Partey. As the weeks go on, we will surely find out more improvements on the pursuit and as of now, we can keep our fingers crossed.

Header Photo: Анна Джалалян, 2019

 

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