Thomas Partey is a “special character” who raises the extent of these round him, in line with Mikel Arteta, who is happy about welcoming again the midfielder when Arsenal face Crystal Palace on Thursday.
Arsenal signed Partey from Atlético Madrid for £45m in October however he has made solely six appearances due to thigh accidents. His solely outing previously two months got here within the defeat at Tottenham in December, when he was withdrawn halfway via, however he’s match to return and Arteta hopes this week marks a brand new starting to the Ghanaian’s profession on the membership.
“I think he’s got a different presence – he brings something different to the team,” the supervisor mentioned. “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]. 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.”
Partey made an early impression with a wonderful efficiency within the win in opposition to Manchester United at Old Trafford on 1 November. His lack of motion since has taken a toll on and off the pitch, complicating his broader settling-in course of in addition to his integration into the facet.
“When you are injured you feel first of all the responsibility when the club has made the effort we made to sign him,” Arteta mentioned. “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.”
Arsenal’s different main signing of latest months, Gabriel Magalhães, can be obtainable after recovering from Covid-19.