Thomas Partey has started to deliver top-notch performances for Arsenal

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Thomas Partey recently scored for Arsenal against Leicester City in a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium. He has started to turn the tide with his remarkable performances lately. Along with Arsenal’s strong displays in recent weeks, Partey’s performances have also elevated. Arsenal signed the Ghana international from Atletico Madrid by paying his £45million release clause.

Arsenal looks like the favorites to finish in the top four as they are currently 1 point ahead of Manchester United with 3 games in hand. They have come a long way this season very similar to Partey’s gameplay since last season. He drew comparisons with the Arsenal great Patrick Vieira and also had some pressure regarding his price tag.

The 28-year-old found it difficult to get going immediately with all this pressure at Arsenal. However, he has now settled down and looks very strong in his position. Despite arriving just one year ago, he has become one of the senior members of the club. He has now started to control games and might lead Arsenal to the Champions League next season.

Thomas Partey played a key role in Arsenal’s important 2-0 win over Leicester City. He headed the ball from a Gabriel Martinelli corner to open the scoring for Arsenal. He also hit the post a few minutes after the first goal. Moreover, his header in the second led to Soyuncu’s handball which consequently resulted in a penalty.

Why Thomas Partey has become so important at Arsenal?

Thomas Partey plays the role of a holding defensive midfielder at Arsenal. That position is vital in Arteta’s system and there needs to be a player who always performs at the top of his game. Therefore, it isn’t much surprise that Partey’s and Arsenal’s forms have collided with each other. Partey’s recent success has been directly related to Arsenal’s five-match winning streak in the Premier League.

Partey makes 1.7 tackles and 0.9 interceptions while also clearing the ball 1.4 times per game. He also attempts 2.8 long balls with an 84.4% pass success percentage (stats via whoscored). He does achieve the basic stats needed for a defensive midfielder. However, there is something more in his gameplay that can not be explained via statistics.

Partey orchestrates Arsenal while they have the ball. He gets in good positions to receive the ball and lays off the ball to another who finds face. He also plays passes through the midfield that directly finds the feet of an Arsenal forward. Moreover, he is also a dangerous physical presence in the box while Arsenal is rewarded with a set-piece.

Thomas Partey had previously ranked his Arsenal a 4 out of a possible 10. He has certainly changed those numbers since then and has gotten a full 10 marks since then. He looks set to be playing the Champions League with Arsenal and will also be aiming to win a few trophies next year. Partey has become the glue of the Arsenal lineup that sticks the defense and the attack.

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