Time to part ways with Partey?
With fans growing increasingly frustrated with Partey’s repeated absences, many fans and pundits have been calling for him to part ways with the Gunners. Despite his evident talent, the best ability has always been availability, and that is one thing that Partey evidently lacks.
Despite his lack of availability, when he does play, Partey is consistent and a strong presence in midfield. He is clearly experienced, and with very few errors in his game and his clear show of talent, it could be worth keeping the Europa League winner for what he brings to the team when he is available.
However, Partey has been injured for approximately 40 weeks in his Arsenal career, which is equivalent to 280 days. The prolonged period that the Ghanaian has spent in the medical department equates to £8,000,000 in wages that Partey has collected while unavailable for his side.
With his unreliability, Arsenal may start looking for options both internally and in the market to fill the void long-term. The likes of Aurélien Tchouaméni (via Football Transfers) and Martín Zubimendi (via The Mirror) are of interest to the north Londoners in the market, and if Partey’s record continues, he may see himself replaced by one of these names. Internally, Hale End Graduate, Charlie Patino, could be utilised if it is deemed necessary by the Gunners.
Partey is currently set to be sidelined for a ‘few weeks’ with another muscle issue, which will see him miss a tough trip to Newcastle and a couple of Champions League group stage fixtures. With adequate replacements to fill his void, it will sometimes show that Arsenal are missing their number five.