Thomas Partey Reveals Arsenal intentions; does club feel the same way?

Charles Watts is reporting that Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey wants to remain in north London, but the club might not share the same thought.
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Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey reportedly wants to remain in north London, but with just one year left on his contract, the club might look to see the Ghanian this summer.

Thomas Partey, once the Rolls Royce of the Arsenal midfield, has seen his future with the club become rather murky over the last 18 months.

After seasons that have been riddled with injuries and Declan Rice overtaking the 30-year-old as the heartbeat of the Arsenal midfield, Partey is getting left behind, despite his clear talents.

Charles Watts, a long-time coverer of Arsenal, is reporting that Partey would like to stay in north London this summer, but due to his contract situation and his injury troubles, the club might move on.

"Thomas Partey’s preference is to stay at Arsenal this summer, despite transfer speculation linking him with a move away," Watts wrote for The Daily Briefing. "The Ghana international has just one year left on his contract in north London and has just come off an injury-hit campaign which saw him feature just 15 times in all competitions. Unlike several other key players in the Arsenal squad, there have been no talks about a contract extension with the 30-year-old over the past 12 months and there is a belief that the club will look to move him on this summer."

When fully fit, one could make the case that Partey is one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League, and with his ability to dictate games, turn on a dime, and keep the team ticking over with his sublime progressive passes, Partey was once the gem in Arsenal's midfield.

That mantle now belongs to Rice, and with Partey spending more time in the treatment room than on the pitch over the last 12 months, given Arsenal's ability to go the distance in the league and Champions League, he simply can't be counted to be fit when it matters.

Of course, that could change with a strong preseason and in three of the Gunners' last six league games to finish the 2023/24 season, he completed 90 minutes, so perhaps he is getting past his injury issues?

But is that enough to convince Arsenal to stick with the midfielder? Likely not, and if a decent offer comes in for Partey, then it will nearly be impossible for the club to refuse.