Arteta defends Partey’s decision throughout Arsenal’s injury-hit season

Mikel Arteta insists Thomas Partey was not rushed back from injury earlier within the season and believes Arsenal will see the best of the summer time signing soon.

Partey joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid on a switch deadline deadline in October after the Gunners triggered his launch clause.

The Ghana international has struggled with accidents since transferring to north London and Arteta’s side languish in tenth place within the Premier League – 12 points off the top 4 – forward Sunday’s derby conflict at home to Tottenham.


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Partey has began just 12 video games for Arsenal, one in every of which was the A 2-0 loss at Spurs in December.

That was his first recreation back from injury and he lasted just 47 minutes earlier than limping off and shedding subsequent month, with Arteta persevering with to defend the decision to play Partey in that recreation.

When requested if it had been a mistake to bring Partey back so shortly, Arteta replied: “No, as a result of he ticked each field to have the ability to play in that recreation.

“After every injury there’s a risk for a interval of time, whether or not it is 5 days, one week, two weeks or three weeks relying on the load the player is uncovered to.

“Nevertheless it was a really particular act the place he just overstepped the world and acquired to the ground and acquired his foot tight and then he felt it once more. Earlier than the sport you may’t know that that may be the best way.

“It will be simple to say, ‘Sure, we made a mistake’, however who would have recognized if he had played the following recreation or if he had come off the bench and played 30 minutes as a substitute?”

Partey spoke to the media in entrance Arsenal’s 3-1 Europa League victory over Olympiacos on Thursday and said that he felt that the membership’s supporters had not seen the best of him due to his fitness points.

Arteta agreed along with his midfielder, however feels it will not be lengthy earlier than Partey is on top of things.

“I believe so,” he answered when requested if Partey was close to his best.

“Rhythm clever he has struggled a bit in current weeks as a result of he has not had sufficient coaching classes or preparation as a result of the league is so demanding.

“However you may see his high quality, you may see the presence and the particular qualities he supplies the team when he is on the field.

“I believe it is just a truth of enjoying extra video games, having some chemistry and understanding along with his fellow players and presumably getting as match as he can.”

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