Partey is ready to compete – Arteta

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is very pleased to have Thomas Partey back in action again.

Partey joined the Gunners in a big-money move from Atlético Madrid last year, but a thigh injury he sustained in a league game against Tottenham Hotspur has hampered his progress at the north London club.

The midfielder has made just six appearances for Arsenal this season and he is expected to play a big role in the second half of the campaign for the Gunners as they push to have a decent finish to the season.

He made a return from injury as Mikel Arteta’s men hosted Crystal Palace in the Premier League. He replaced Dani Caballos in the 69th minute as they went in search of maximum points, but the game ended in a goalless stalemate.

Speaking to the media ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle on Monday evening, Arteta is confident that the anchor will add value and is ready to compete moving forward.

“Obviously he hasn’t played much football in the last four months. He had an injury in exactly the same place he had before when he got injured against Spurs,” he said.

“Now we have the reassurance that he can compete. He did it for 25-30 minutes. He did it well, he didn’t feel anything so now we’re going to be looking for the next step,” he concluded.

A seven-match winless run had dropped Arsenal to 15th in the standings earlier this season before they turned things around with a few good results towards the end of 2020.

Partey moved to Europa in 2013 to join Atletico Madrid. In the seven years he spent with the club he went out on two loan spells to Almerica and Mallorca before he was recalled to the first team in 2015. In a total of 132 La Liga appearances for Atletico, Partey scored 12 goals.

He also featured regularly in the Uefa Champions League and Europa League in the past five years.

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