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Mikel Arteta delivers damning Thomas Partey news

Timothy Aiyeku

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Thomas Partey

Going by the hype on Arsenal’s new recruit Thomas Partey, the expectations of the fans is that he will go straight into the team to make the difference that has been wished for.

Sadly for the Gunners fans, he did not get a full debut as he only had a few minutes in the 1-0 defeat against Man City at the Etihad Stadium.

There have been questions coming as to why Mikel Arteta refused to start the Ghanaian international and he has an answer already.

The Spanish boss noted that he was pleased with what he saw in the few minutes handed to the 27-year-old but told the fans that they have to respect the process and timing for Thomas Partey.

He stated that Thomas Partey only trainee once with the team before the game and there is a need for him to understand the new models and information at the Emirates Stadium.

However, the North London outfit will be in action again in the Europa League against Rapid Vienna on Thursday and that could be the first full debut for Thomas Partey knowing that he would have trained more with the team.

Thomas Partey joined Arsenal on the summer transfer deadline day after his £45 million release clause was activated.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.