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Mikel Arteta in transfer dilemma as £40m star shines against Chelsea

Mikel Arteta is facing a tough decision regarding the future of Arsenal star following his masterclass performance against Chelsea

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is facing a tough decision regarding the future of midfielder Thomas Partey, with the Ghanaian international potentially on his way out of the club despite a recent masterclass performance against Chelsea. 

According to reports, the Gunners have been trying to offload Partey for some time now, with the player rumoured to be seeking a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

The situation surrounding Partey’s future at Arsenal has been ongoing, with the club reportedly looking to sell him last summer before ultimately deciding to keep him due to a lack of suitable offers. This summer, however, it seems that Arsenal may once again be considering moving on from the midfielder, with potential replacements such as Martin Zubimendi being lined up and a contract extension for Jorginho on the table.

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Despite the speculation surrounding his future, Arteta has been vocal about his desire to keep Partey at the club. The Arsenal manager has praised the midfielder’s abilities and highlighted his importance to the team, even going as far as to suggest that he could play alongside new signing Declan Rice in midfield.

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“They were in my plans,” Arteta said when asked about the possibility of Rice and Partey playing together. “If you want to improve the squad and have more quality, we need more players who can play together and need players in the same positions who have to fight for their places. It’s something we haven’t had in the last few years.”

Arteta’s faith in Partey was exemplified in a recent match against Chelsea, where the midfielder put in an impressive performance in a 5-0 win for Arsenal. Partey, along with Rice and Martin Odegaard, formed a solid midfield trio that outshone their opponents and showcased the potential of the partnership.

However, injuries and tactical changes have disrupted the potential midfield combination of Partey, Rice, and Odegaard, limiting the opportunities for the trio to play together. Despite this, Arteta remains hopeful that the midfield trio can have a significant impact on the team’s performances moving forward.

The uncertainty surrounding Partey’s future at Arsenal has led to speculation about potential suitors for the midfielder, with clubs reportedly monitoring the situation closely. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will decide to keep Partey or look to cash in on the player this summer.

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