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Arteta hails Partey’s "special" presence

Thu 14 January 2021 | 8:09

After picking a thigh injury in Arsenal's 2-0 loss to London rivals Tottenham in December, the Gunners’ summer signing is back in contention for Thursday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

Thomas

Partey

signed for

Arsenal

from

Atletico

Madrid this summer for a £45 million deal and has only made six matches for the Gunners, with just one of them has come in the last two months. However, the Ghanaian midfielder can play for the Gunners in their Thursday's Premier League clash with

Crystal

Palace

.

"I think he's got a different presence - he brings something different to the team

,"

Arteta

said.

"It's not just about his talent, it's not just about his physicality, it's who he is as a person.

"He makes players better around him and that's a big, big quality.

"It's incredible that we are in January, we signed him in October and we have only played him [a handful of times]."

Partey

can be essential in

Arsenal’s

run as he has completed 2.6 dribbles and attempted 3.25 tackles per 90 minutes in his five Premier League outings, which no other

Arsenal

player can match. The Spanish manager admitted the Gunners have missed the midfielder's presence.

"We haven't really seen the impact he could have on the team. Obviously we have missed him. I think it's going to be a big bonus if we can keep him fit,"

he said.

"When you are injured you feel first of all the responsibility when the club has made the effort we made to sign him.

"He was so willing for months to be joining us. He really wants to be a part of it and knows how much he can help.

"Then he had to deal with the injuries, with the lockdown and moving into a new place, and that's been tough for him.

"That's why sometimes he was rushing and wanted to do everything straight away, because he's so willing to come back, he doesn't want to be alone at home.

"He's in a really good place, he's settled really well in the dressing room, around the staff. He's a special character and hopefully we can see him on the pitch finally."


source: SportMob