3. Thumbs down for the Partey inverted RB role
Arteta knows more football than many of us, but I am not sure Partey playing the inverted right-back role is paying off. It takes a bit of continuity away from the team.
Maybe it pays off later in the season when the right side gels better with time, but I for one miss the linkup between Ben White and Bukayo Saka which was efficient and effortless last season.
Perhaps the tactics work in the long run, but Saka and White played well with each other on the right flank and created a lot last season.
Partey also isn’t the most mobile in one-on-one situations and better teams will exploit the Ghanaian’s vulnerability defending out wide should Arteta continue to stick with the ploy.
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