Thomas Partey is disappointed with his reduced role at Arsenal and will consider leaving the club if the situation does not improve over the Christmas and New Year period, British media simultaneously reported.
The 30-year-old player missed a series of matches because of a groin injury in a 2-2 draw with Fulham at the end of August. Since then, his previously guaranteed starting position in midfield has quickly changed. quickly replaced by Declan Rice.
Partey actually started Arsenal’s first three Premier League games this season as a right-back before being repeatedly sidelined. That’s when Ben White switched to center back to replace Gabriel, and Mikel Arteta liked to use Rice, Martin Odegaard and Kai Havertz in the middle.
Partey returned from injury in the dramatic win over Manchester City before the international break in October, but was unused in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It is important to know that Partey does not have any physical problems.
Jorginho was chosen by Arteta to start the match against Chelsea before being withdrawn to make way for Emile Smith Rowe, and Havertz and Leandro Trossard were then brought on by the Spanish strategist as Arsenal searched for an equalizing goal.
According to British media, Partey was very disappointed not to start in the London derby, in one of Arsenal’s biggest games of the season so far. Therefore, Partey feels increasingly dissatisfied with the reduction in playing minutes.
For now, Partey is willing to push to regain his place in the first team, but sources have confirmed that he will consider his options at Christmas if the situation does not change.
Arsenal expressed a willingness to sell Partey at the start of the summer transfer window, but ultimately decided to keep the Ghanaian despite interest from Saudi Pro League clubs and Juventus.
However, the Emirates Stadium team’s perspective can completely change. The reason is that they have made no secret of their intention to sign a new defensive midfielder. Indeed, the Gunners are still interested in Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz.
In the summer of 2022, Arsenal made three offers for the Brazilian player but were unsuccessful. Arsenal’s sporting director, Edu, also recently traveled to Brazil to monitor potential targets, including Fluminense’s Andre Trindade, a player Liverpool are very interested in.
Young talents Gabriel Moscardo and Pablo Maia of Corinthians and Sao Paulo are also said to be on Arsenal’s radar, along with teenage star Arthur Vermeeren of Royal Antwerp.
The 18-year-old is one of the most highly rated young defensive midfielders in Europe. With what’s going on, it’s clear that the day Partey leaves Emirates Stadium is not far away.
Tieu Lam | 23:23 October 24, 2023