Mikel Arteta says one Arsenal player is now on a completely different level
Partey has really been brilliant recently. Arteta was quizzed about the improvement the midfielder has shown compared to last season and the Gunners boss admitted that he has come a long way.
Arteta said about Partey, as per Arsenal.com: “You can see he was voted Player of the Month, he’s come a long way since he joined the club.
“He has the consistency of the minutes, he understands what we want much better, his cohesion and understanding with the rest of the players is getting better and better. Now, it’s about consistency and keep doing it.”
Asked about the Ghanaian’s improvement, he said: “It comes from the player though I think.
We discussed it in the press conference the other day a little bit, but I think when a player accepts their reality, and when a player accepts that – OK he wants to be in a different position – you can’t expect that change to happen if you don’t change anything that you do.
“So he has started to do many other things, and you can see that he is enjoying being on the pitch, and this is what we want.”
Everybody knew Partey was a world-class player when he joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid last season. However, his Arsenal career was hampered with injuries and that really made his life difficult.
However, since the turn of the year, he has been on a completely different level. Apart from his sending off against Liverpool in the cup, the Ghanaian has barely put a foot wrong and his form is one of the biggest reasons why Arsenal are in the driving seat to finish in the top four.
Arsenal take on Liverpool next and that will be their biggest test since New Year’s Day. Jurgen Klopp’s men are on a roll as well and they will come to the Emirates as the favourites.