Arteta Wants To See Declan Rice And Thomas Partey Play Together For Arsenal

The manager of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, believes that the return of Ghanaian midfielder, Thomas Partey will be a huge plus to his team in the remaining months of the 2023-2024 season.

Thomas Partey has been one of the club’s long-term absentees as he has not kicked a ball for Arsenal since the turn of 2024 due to groin and hamstring injuries.

The 30-year-old Ghana international suffered a hamstring injury in November which forced him to miss the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast. In his absence, the Black Stars of Ghana crashed out of the tournament in the group stage.

But Arsenal have been managing well without him thanks to the consistency of their new arrival, Declan Rice.

Rice has helped Arsenal to remain third in the Premier League table with 58 points in 26 games after 18 wins, four draws, and four defeats. They are currently five points away from first-placed Liverpool who has played a game more than the Gunners.

Ahead of Arsenal’s away game against Sheffield United at 9 p.m. tonight, March 4, coach Mikel Arteta said he is looking forward to pairing Rice and Partey who had just returned to full training.

“I will have to see that chemistry on the pitch, and those qualities, and the things we have to treat around to make sure they play to their strengths and make each other better”, Mikel Arteta said.

“But I think that will be a very powerful midfield.

“I think they only played in the Community Shield together in midfield. That tells you how much we have missed Thomas.

“To play the whole season – and a player like him who has not played much with us – the impact he can have for the next three months can be really big.”

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