Thomas Partey admits injuries have complicated his start to life at Arsenal but he’s determined to ensure “everything will be good”.
The Gunners took many by surprise when they spent big-money to secure the Ghana international at the height of the pandemic.
While the player has shown flashes of his ability, he says it’ll take a little longer to fully adapt to the Premier League and his teammates.
“It was a difficult moment to get used to how the team plays and I think the injuries are part of the adaptation,” he said ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Olympiacos.
“I think people have their own opinion, but it depends on me and how I adapt to the situation that I’m in. It is part of the game, you never know when you’ll get injured. I do all my work, I try to make sure I’m fit to play any game.
He added: “When you look at how I play, I like to create spaces for my mates, I like to take the ball with me and then go to the attacking phase. It’s something they’ve seen in me that they’ve brought me here to do more. When I’ll be on my feet and 100 per cent, I’ll be able to give more which is very important for the strikers and for all the attackers to enjoy.
“I had a few games, against Man United and against Wolves [where I was 100 per cent], and I was able to show what I can do. Due to less games and less training, I have to keep working and have to keep trying to get back to that level of performance.
“I think this is just the start. I’m starting to get used to how my mates play, how the Premier League goes and with time everything will be good. I will do my best and will do my work to try to make sure I will be at my best.”
Partey was also asked what it’s like playing alongside Granit Xhaka. The Switzerland international appears to be Mikel Arteta’s preferred partner despite his proclivity for high-profile gaffes like the one that stained the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with Burnley at the weekend.
“I think he’s a great player,” said Partey. “We all know he works hard for the club and for his mates on the pitch. As we all know, in football, you never know when you’re going to have a bad day and it’s part of it.
“We have to keep fighting for each other and that’s how we’re going to be able to have a good game and win matches. All the players know what we have to do when we play together. It doesn’t matter who we play with, we have to do our best and win games.”