Arsenal have been linked with a number of new midfielders for the January transfer window but manager Mikel Arteta has hinted that the club might take it easy as Thomas Partey is expected to make a comeback soon enough.
Thomas Partey joined the Premier League side from Atletico Madrid during the summer but managed to play in only five league matches this season before picking up an injury. Thankfully, he’s just returned back to first-team training which is why the Gunners might not try and bring in a new midfielder this month.
“We are in January and I think he’s played two and a half games. That’s all and he was our main signing. We’ve been missing him,” Arteta said, as per the Mirror.
“He brings something different to the team, he’s a player with an enormous talent. But as well someone that can transform the team the way we want.
“It’s great if we can have him, keep him healthy and I think he will contribute in a really positive way. He’s done the most part training the last few days.
“He’s feeling good and we will assess him. He needs another two or three good sessions to see if he’s 100 per cent OK to play. And if that’s the case, great news for us.”
Thomas Partey was supposed to be the pillar in defensive midfield for the Gunners during the 2020-21 season and beyond but his untimely injury has really caused massive problems for Mikel Arteta.
Many pundits thought Arsenal will have to dive back into the market and sign a new central midfielder but with Thomas closing in on a return we don’t think that will be necessary.
Now, all we have to wait and see is how much time does the 27-year-old take to adjust in the English Premier League.
Also, the midfielder has signed a five-year deal with the North London side so there’s no way the Arsenal management would want to look for a replacement so early into his career.