‘Something different! Partey makes players around him better’
Arsenal manager Arteta believes the Ghanaian brings something different to the table.
Thomas Partey arrived at Arsenal with high hopes – but his time in the Premier League has been hindered by injury.
The Ghana midfielder has made just five appearances in the top-flight so far, his last coming in the 2-0 defeat by north London rivals Tottenham back in December.
Since then, the £45millon summer signing has been working back to full fitness and is on the brink of being considered for first-team action again.
Partey could even play against Crystal Palace on Thursday night, a return which would be a huge boost to manager Mikel Arteta.
And the Gunners boss remains hopeful that the former Atletico Madrid star will add a new dimension to his midfield.
“It’s not just about his talent, it’s not just about his physicality, it’s who he is as a person. He makes players better around him and that’s a big, big quality.
“It’s incredible that we are in January, we signed him in October and we have only played him [a handful of times].
“We haven’t really seen the impact he could have on the team. Obviously, we have missed him. I think it’s going to be a big bonus if we can keep him fit.”