Arsenal urged to replace Thomas Partey in January

By on September 28, 2022

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Former striker turned pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor has backed Arsenal to buy a replacement for Thomas Partey in the January transfer window.

The Ghanaian has been struggling with his injury problems since joining the club back in 2020. After managing to start only 18 games in his debut campaign in the Premier League, the midfielder missed out on playing a big chunk of matches last season as well owing to fitness issues.

The 29-year-old isn’t showing any sign of improvement, regarding his injury problems, in the early stages of this term either. After just returning from a thigh issue, the ex-Atletico Madrid man sustained a fresh injury to his knee during international duty with Ghana.

During an interview with Football Insider, talkSPORT pundit Agbonlahor stated that Partey’s persistent injury issues is likely to force Arsenal to make a move for a new midfielder in January. The former striker says adding more options to their engine room would help the Gunners to finish in the top four.

Agbonlahor further says that not signing a new midfielder in the summer was a ‘strange’ decision from Mikel Arteta’s side, considering Partey is an injury-prone player who won’t play every game this season.

Agbonlahor has urged Arsenal to sign a new midfielder in January

When asked about whether Arsenal might intensify their search for a new midfielder in January – following Partey’s injury – Agbonlahor said:

“Yes, Arsenal might look in January and think ‘You know what, we’re third in the league, we’re second in the league, we’ve got a really good chance this season of finishing in the top four’ and they will have to go out and get one.

” It was strange that they didn’t fill that position, especially when they know Thomas Partey is not going to play a lot of games this season because he’s always injured. They need to definitely get one in during the January window.”

Arsenal were already short on numbers in their midfield department before the start of this season and following the injuries to Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey, Arteta only remained with Albert Sambi Lokonga and Granit Xhaka at his disposal as the midfield options.

The Gunners were linked with a move for several players to strengthen their engine room during the summer transfer window, however, they couldn’t finalise a deal for any of them before the deadline.

Therefore, signing a new midfielder in January is an absolute necessity for Arsenal in order to help the Spanish boss in achieving success this season. However, if they miss out on adding more options to their middle of the park in winter then it will be interesting to see how the north London club can cope with the demand of the season with a very thin midfield department.

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