Stick or Twist - Arsenal's Thomas Partey conundrum

  • When healthy, the Ghanian is as good as anyone in world football
  • Arsenal haven't had the luxury of his services due to injury.
  • With a year left on his contract, is it time to move on?
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Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has one year left on his contract, and with consistent injury issues, has the time come to part ways with the Rolls Royce of the Gunners midfield?

Perhaps it shows us exactly how far Arsenal has come under Mikel Arteta that a player like Thomas Partey could be deemed surplus to requirements in north London.

One could argue that when fully fit, Partey could be one of the best central midfielders on the planet, but the flip side to that is over the last two years, Thomas has seen the inside of Arsenal's treatment room rather than the field.

Partey managed just 16 games in all competitions this season as injuries again hampered his year, but this isn't the first time the midfielder has seen a season ravaged by injury.

Last season a thigh problem early in the season saw him miss three games and he wasn't the same player we had come to know, the season prior (2021/22), he played just 26 games in all competitions, with Partey missing the last nine games of the league campaign.

Now, with just one year left on his contract, and reports of some teams from Saudi Arabia thought to be interested in his services, should Arsenal look to move on from Partey?

There is no doubting the superb qualities that he possesses, but can the Gunners, who next season will be in the thick of the Premier League title race and potentially going on a deep Champions League run, rely on him?

That is up for debate and with the Gunners seemingly ready to take things up a notch this offseason, Partey, like a couple of other players, could be moved on to fund bids for players considered "upgrades" at the position.

Given what Partey has shown he can do for Arsenal in midfield, Arteta will have a serious decision to make this offseason regarding whether or not to stick or twist with the Rolls Royce of the Gunners midfield.