Mikel Arteta sends message to Thomas Partey over his Arsenal role this season


Thomas Partey

Partey has shaken off a knock suffered in pre-season (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has urged Thomas Partey to take on the responsibility of becoming one of Arsenal’s leaders this season.

The Gunners will be boosted by the return of the Ghana international against Norwich City on Saturday having made a dreadful start to the 2021-22 season.

With three defeats from three and no goals scored, Arteta is desperate to deliver a win to ease some of the pressure on his shoulders.

With Partey fit once again having recovered from an ankle injury suffered in pre-season, the Arsenal boss hopes the midfielder can have a key role to play.

‘He has been missed for the last year or so, because he missed almost six months of competition last year, which is a lot, because he came very late as well in the transfer window,” Arteta said when asked how big a role Partey can play this season.

Mikel Arteta

Partey can be one of Arsenal’s leaders, says Arteta (Picture: Getty)

“He is a player that has to be one of the leaders, he has to be the boss in midfield and one of the senior players that has to carry responsibility out of the young players and lead.

‘We have been missing that big time.


“He is a player that has that winning culture, because he has won a lot in the game already, and to have these kind of players in the team is extremely important.

‘So he has got a huge role to play in the team.”

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