April 13, 2024

Arteta insists: ‘Arsenal will not sell Thomas Partey’

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Mikel Arteta has bullishly insisted Thomas Partey is a “super important player” for Arsenal and that he will not be sold this summer despite Declan Rice’s arrival.

The 30-year-old midfielder’s future at the club appeared to be in the balance after Arsenal paid a British record £105 million to West Ham United for Rice. But Arteta is clear: Partey will not depart.

In addition, Thomas Partey is a super-important player for us and for me, and we want him to be in the team, that’s for sure,” the manager said in New Jersey during Arsenal’s tour of the US. “They can play together [he and Rice]. That was in my plans. If you want to improve the squad and have more quality, we need players who can play together and need players in the same positions who have to fight for their places. It’s something we haven’t had in the last few years.

“We want to improve that, and that’s why we brought in Declan as well. Every time I spoke to him [Partey] and had a conversation with him, he was ready to stay with us. For me, there’s nothing there at all.”

However, Arsenal led the Premier League for 248 days last season, but Manchester City overhauled them to win the title. Arteta denied that there would be a hangover for his players.

“What happened last season was probably necessary to learn the lessons that you have to learn to get better, be successful, and achieve what we want to achieve,” the Spaniard said. “So it’s part of that road and that journey. We know the complexity of the league and the rivals that we have, but I’m sure they don’t want to play us.

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