Arsenal journalist Charles Watts has shared some news concerning Gunners midfielder Thomas Partey.
After it was recently reported that Partey was not included in Ghana’s squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers because they visit South Africa – meaning he would have had to quarantine for 10 days when he returned – Watts had this to say on the situation.
He said: “That’s a big, big boost for Arsenal, because they are certainly nervous about a lot of their players going away during this international break. Thomas would have had a lot of flying to do in a short space of time, so Arsenal will be delighted that he can stay back at London Colney, work on his fitness, work on the training ground for a full week.
“So that is a big, big boost for Arsenal and for Mikel Arteta, he will understandably be very happy about that.”
Since his arrival, the 27-year-old, who is currently valued at £40.5 million, has made 19 appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side across all competitions in which he has managed to provide two assists but is yet to score a goal (per Transfermarkt).
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TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments on this latest news concerning Partey…
Given how Partey has struggled with some injury issues since his move to Arsenal that has caused him to miss a number of games for the club earlier this season, we agree with Watts that having Partey stay at Arsenal over the international break to help him work on his fitness would only be a benefit for him and the club moving forward.
And since the midfielder has now started seven of the last eight Premier League matches he has been available for, it looks like he is finally on the up and an integral part of Arteta’s plans, so the Gunners could be set to gain from his nation’s decision.