Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hailed Thomas Partey following his improvement on the pitch for the north London club.
Partey joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid for a reported fee of £45million in 2020 but his progress was slowed by multiple injuries. Last year December, Partey admitted his performance of the Gunners hasn’t been good while giving himself a rating of 4/10.
“I give myself four [out of 10], because there are moments I can really hurt the other team but there are also moments where I allow myself to lose focus and that’s when everything goes down.”
“This is when you realize that you have to get better.”
The Ghana international seems to have rediscovered his form and has been a key play in Arsenal’s midfield.
“When you are honest with yourself I think it’s a great starting point,” Arteta said in a press conference on Friday, referring to Partey’s interview.
“And when you assess yourself in the way that Thomas did publicly, it’s a really rare thing to do. He did it because he believed that that was the case, that he wants to give much more to the team and to the club. Probably that day something clicked.”
“The fact that he’s been injury-free is massive, but he’s probably more fit as well because he’s doing things better.”
The Gunners will be traveling to take on Watford on Sunday in a Premier League encounter.