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Mikel Arteta ready to unleash powerful duo against Sheffield United for the first time this season

Mikel Arteta could have the luxury of fielding two powerful stars together for the first time this season against Sheffield United

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is eagerly anticipating the return of Thomas Partey to the midfield in the crucial final months of the season. 

The Ghanaian international has been sidelined by injuries for a significant part of the current season, and was featured in an unfamiliar right-back role in the first three matches of the season. As a result, Arsenal fans are yet to witness his potential partnership with summer signing Declan Rice in the midfield.

Rice, who joined Arsenal from West Ham United, has proven to be one of the standout signings of the season, showcasing commanding performances in the midfield under Arteta’s guidance. 

The prospect of a Rice-Partey partnership is generating excitement among fans, and Arteta addressed this in his press conference ahead of the Sheffield United game, expressing how much the team has missed Partey’s contributions.

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Thomas Partey could be available for selection against Sheffield United (Image credit: Getty Images)

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“In the Community Shield, they played together in midfield, but after that, no. So that tells you as well how much we have missed Thomas,” Arteta emphasised to reporters. “A player like him, the impact he can have for the last three months can be really big… I think that will be a very powerful midfield (with Rice).”

Despite several key players, including Partey, Jurrien Timber, Gabriel Jesus, and Oleksandr Zinchenko, experiencing limited playing time due to injuries, Arsenal remains a formidable contender in the title race.

Arsenal are in the title race yet again this season after surrendering the league to Manchester City towards the end of last season. Arteta hopes his team can go a step better by beating Liverpool and his former boss Pep Guardiola to win the title for the club after more than two decades.

Arteta is optimistic that with the return of these crucial players and a stroke of luck avoiding further injuries, Arsenal can finish the season strongly, both in the Premier League and the Champions League.

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