Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta understands why fans are frustrated with Thomas Partey after his mixed start to life in the Premier League… but tips the midfielder to impress against Everton

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  • Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta claims Thomas Partey can offer more
  • The 28-year-old joins Atletico Madrid’s Gunners in the summer of 2020
  • The Ghanaian midfielder did not live up to the expectations after his move
  • Arsenal will face Rafael Benitez’s Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night

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Mikel Arteta can understand why Arsenal supporters are getting frustrated with Thomas Partey.

The much-loved Ghanaian midfielder has openly criticized himself for his poor performance this season as well.

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And Arteta pulled no punches when he said: ‘We need him the best. He can produce more and he knows this. We have to ask for more from him.

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Thomas Partey has struggled with fitness after moving from Atletico Madrid to Arsenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes Partey has more to offer and backs him to shine

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes Partey has more to offer and backs him to shine

Bad luck with an ever-changing midfielder partner and injuries left Parte unable to emulate the form that made him one of Atletico Madrid’s star players.

It has left Arteta and Arsenal fans hopeful that the 28-year-old could shine at Everton on Monday night.

Arsenal have triggered Partey’s £45m release clause, angering Atletico Madrid at the end of the 2020 summer window.

But the celebrations in London were short-lived as they have only seen glimpses of his undoubted potential since then.

Partey, by his own admission, is also disappointed and Arteta now hopes that her man can now be a full fit.

Arteta explained: ‘The fact that she’s had so many injuries hasn’t really been helpful to her because she hasn’t physically got the stage to perform at her best.

‘Then he has some games where he has been more consistent than others.’

Arteta is ultimately confident that Partey will emerge as their prize midfielder and believes it is the player’s ability and not his huge transfer fee that is leading people to judge him harshly.

He said: ‘I don’t think it’s related to money. Supporters see the quality and what he can deliver on the pitch. We want to see it more often.

‘He’s an important player in the team and obviously we’ve missed him for a long, long time since he joined and it’s not ideal.

‘But our aim is just to get the best out of it and that’s how we’re going to do it.’

Partey (left) could start with Granit Zaka (middle) against Everton on Monday night

Partey (left) could start with Granit Zaka (middle) against Everton on Monday night

Xhaka hasn't been pictured since injuring himself at the north London derby back in September

Xhaka hasn’t been pictured since injuring himself at the north London derby back in September

There is an outside chance that Parte will reunite with his favorite midfield partner Granit Zaka this week, if not from the start on Monday night.

The Swiss star is close to recovering from an ankle problem in September.

Players such as Mohamed Elneni, Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard have filled Ghana with varying levels of success in their absence as well.

Arteta continued’: ‘The fact that we have had to make some changes doesn’t give them continuity or a relationship or partnership with anyone to understand each other. But injuries are part of it and you have to mold yourself.

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