After a shaky start to his Arsenal tenure, Arsenal midfielder Thomas
Partey’s play has improved, according to Gunners manager
Mikel Arteta, who thinks Partey’s recent form was sparked
by him publicly giving his Arsenal career a four out of 10.
In December, Thomas Partey gave his Arsenal career a
four-out-of-ten rating, but since the AFCON, he’s had many
When it comes to Mikel Arteta’s athleticism and performance, he says he has observed an improvement.
As a result of his candid evaluation of his Arsenal career, Mikel Arteta feels that Thomas Partey’s form has improved.
Sky Sports said in December that the 28-year-old has yet to adjust properly to the Premier League and that his performances for Arsenal
should only be scored a four out of 10 by the media.
The former Atletico Madrid midfielder, who had an injury-plagued first
season in the United States after moving from Spain, has since provided a streak of excellent displays.
For his part, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta feels that his candid public
comments to finish out the year 2021 and better fitness have helped him become a key character in his team.
Prior to Arsenal’s trip to Watford on Sunday, Arteta said:
“When you appraise yourself the way Thomas did publicly, it’s incredibly unique.” ‘ That was most likely the day things finally clicked.
‘He’s on fire right now.’ His injury-free streak is impressive, but he’s also more fit than he was before because he’s becoming better at what he was doing.
Whether Arteta was asked if he had seen any progress in Partey after their interview, he simply replied: Yes.
However, since his £45million transfer to Arsenal in October 2020, the
Ghana international has only netted one goal for the Gunners, against Aston Villa earlier this season.
Arsenal supporters have become impatient with his inability to consistently hit the target while shooting from distance.
However, Arteta laughed as he said,
‘Some of the goals he scores in training, you would be shocked!’.
‘You won’t believe me, so we’ll have to wait and watch one of them go into the net’
‘Personally, I’d say five or six,’ Partey said in December when asked to award himself a grade out of 10. I’d give myself a total of four if the (fans) were included.
In part because there are times in a game when I can really harm the opposing side, but in part because I’m not yet used to the Premier League, I lose concentration and that’s when things go down.’