Thomas Partey: Midfield Tank Engine

Trilly

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James Bond

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He picked up a yellow, but seeing a Arsenal CM cover space between two players on the break then have the mobility to get back into the play, track the ball down, to pick up said yellow and stop the threat is big.

Still can’t believe we signed him.
 

Manberg

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Here’s the frustration, why not sign him earlier so he was ready for the season? Why handicap ourselves by signing him on the last day meaning he misses a bunch of games?

He didn’t start and I expected it because one training session’s never enough to familiarise yourself with tactics. No reason he can’t start next week though. One game is not a big deal.
 

GDeep™

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He didn’t start and I expected it because one training session’s never enough to familiarise yourself with tactics. No reason he can’t start next week though. One game is not a big deal.
That’s not my point though? Why not sign a midfielder earlier in the summer so he was ready to start the season? Let’s go into Liverpool, City etc with a stronger midfield?
 

Manberg

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That’s not my point though? Why not sign a midfielder earlier in the summer so he was ready to start the season? Let’s go into Liverpool, City etc with a stronger midfield?

I can only guess that it’s about the business side. We tried to negotiate for him, several times. Paying the release clause was the last resort.
 

Impact

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There were a couple of moments in his brief cameo where he was dribbling and the opposing Man City midfielder couldn't keep up with me.

It's the having a midfielder that doesn't run with parachutes tied behind his back for me.
 

yousif_arsenal

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Arteta took forever to get him on should have got at least 20 minutes even if he had 2 training sessions. Anyway we didn't see anything but impressed how difficult to get ball off him he very well built
 

sdotzdot

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Here’s the frustration, why not sign him earlier so he was ready for the season? Why handicap ourselves by signing him on the last day meaning he misses a bunch of games?
Good point.

I suspect we were keeping our options open as we had a very limited amount of money. First with trying to secure Gabriel for the right amount, and then when Aouar became available to us, I think he may have become the number one priority, with Partey in the background ready to trigger as a good second option if that were to fall through.

This is all speculation though, of course. But I see no other reason that makes sense for why after Gabriel was signed we didn’t try get him in immediately, as no one can argue outgoings mattered as all we did was loan some players out.
 

Trilly

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Here’s the frustration, why not sign him earlier so he was ready for the season? Why handicap ourselves by signing him on the last day meaning he misses a bunch of games?
We do it all the time. It’s annoying.

Raises the question, what’s worth more? Points or millions saved?
 

MikeVinna

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Funny how people say ‘it’s just one game’ when you raise the question of why we didnt get Partey in sooner. Do these people realise we’ve lost out on CL football by 1 point just a couple seasons ago? Every single point matters. Doing your business as early as possible can gain you valuable points. When Atletico said no to any type of negotiation and our low-ball offer for Aouar was denied we shouldve sprung the release clause right then.
 

Red London

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Here’s the frustration, why not sign him earlier so he was ready for the season? Why handicap ourselves by signing him on the last day meaning he misses a bunch of games?
Maybe we were trying to front that we didn't have money to help us in negotiations for Aouar before we sign Partey.

But yeah I agree it will probably cost us some points, especially with a player with the potential impact he can have.
 

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