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On the Road to Full Fitness: It’s Nearing “Partey” Time at Arsenal Again

Thomas Teye Partey
Thomas Teye Partey

Since October, Thomas Partey has played no football for Arsenal. The Ghanaian defensive midfielder has had a nightmare start to the 2023/24 season due to two separate training injuries picked up in August (groin) and October (hamstring) last year. Partey has missed Arsenal’s last 18 games and two World Cup qualifiers for Ghana since.

The good news is that one of the brightest lights in the Black Star’s sky is on the mend and should be ready for a return, according to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, within weeks. When asked whether fans could expect the 1.85m midfielder back in weeks or months, Arteta responded:

“Hopefully it is weeks. When and how many weeks is going to depend a little bit on how the next step [goes], training with the team, will take him. But he is progressing well.”

Partey’s efforts to be fit in time to make Ghana’s final AFCON squad for the continental showpiece starting on January 13 in the Ivory Coast were in vain. His Premier League side will welcome his return to the field as, despite starting the season well and leading the EPL over Christmas, The Gunners’ form has dropped off recently. 

With only a single victory in their last six games in all competitions, culminating in a 0-2 FA Cup Third Round home defeat by Liverpool, Arteta will appreciate all his available options. Presently those in the defensive midfield role make for slim pickings, with only Declan Rice and Jorginho fit to start. 

The situation would have barely been different had Partey and Mohamed Elneny been fit, as both would likely have been away on international duty in Africa. Previous rumours of Partey leaving The Emirates during this transfer window seem unfounded, with the experienced 30-year-old set to feature heavily in Arsenal’s EPL run-in.

With Arsenal lying fourth in the Premier League, 5 points behind leaders Liverpool, Arteta’s men cannot afford further slips. The recent poor spell, coupled with Liverpool’s ability to churn out results, has seen The Gunners’s EPL betting odds for the title drift. According to online bookmakers listed on bettingsites.co.uk, which sees the top ones compared, Arsenal’s title odds are now 15/2. This price leaves them as third favourites to win the league, behind the long-time bookmakers’ favourites Man City (4/5) and the in-form Liverpool (9/4). Although you’ll find slightly different odds on offer at other bookmakers, according to Jamie Clark, “At bettingsites.co.uk, we employ gambling experts for honest reviews based on their real-life experience of using the best bookies in the UK. What we feel sets us apart from other players in the industry is that we’ve made authenticity our hallmark.” so placing your bets here is likely to get you fair odds and the best returns. 

So how has this drift in the odds affected the team’s enthusiasm? Thomas Partey’s imminent return has been met with much enthusiasm by Arsenal supporters and in betting circles, especially in his home country of Ghana. Supporters believe that Partey’s experience in defensive midfield will assist in creating a much-needed barrier between the club’s defence and opposing forwards. 

With Partey in the holding position, Declan Rice will have more time and space to link up with Martin Odegaard, which is when the Arsenal team looks its best and is most effective. The Ghanaian midfielder, with over 100 appearances for The Gunners and nearly 50 for his country, remains a vital part of the future success of both.

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