It’s fair to say that Thomas Partey is not performing anywhere near the level Arsenal needs and he seems to know it.
While nobody can doubt the effort of the Ghanaian, who has had extra responsibility thrust on him in the absence of Granit Xhaka, it’s clear by recent appearances, including an error-ridden showing at Old Trafford last night, that he’s struggling for form and confidence.
“For me, I have to keep on doing my best, keep trying, keep improving, try to come back to my best, because the team needs me, the team needs us.
“I think we’re improving each day and it’s gonna be good. If we want to be at the top it’s normal that we have to fight, we have to be under control and try to win the games.”
Last night, Partey had an 80 per cent pass completion rate last night (48/60) and didn’t make a single successful*. While there were a couple of interceptions, his overall influence on proceedings was not at the standard required to give us a cutting edge in midfield. It was much the same at Anfield a couple of weeks back.
After starting the season sidelined with an ankle injury and having nursed a groin problem through the recent Interlull, it’s possible he’s again being hampered by fitness problems. Given he heads off to the African Cup of Nations later this month, he doesn’t have long to win over supporters who are starting to question his £50 million price tag.
*via Stats Zone app