Who starts alongside Partey?

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by say yes, Oct 7, 2020.


Who would you start alongside Partey?

  1. Xhaka

  2. Elneny

  3. Ceballos

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  1. say yes

    say yes Thread Title Abuser

    Thought this was an interesting question.

    Arteta clearly prefers a midfield pair sitting deeper, whether in his 523, or 433 formation.

    You’d assume Partey is nailed on each week, but who starts alongside him in that deeper role (so ignoring the more advanced midfielder in a 433)?

    For me, it’s a pretty tough call between Xhaka and Ceballos. Went for Xhaka in the end because:
    - he’d sit more, allowing Partey to be more adventurous.
    - more robust pairing defensively, which will enable us to push the FBs forward more in a 433
    - Ceballos could still feature as one of the advanced midfielders
    - Ceballos is only on loan, so probably best not to hedge our entire midfield on him / alienate Xhaka in case Dani is gone next year
    - Partey apparently raved about the potential of his potential partnership with Xhaka in talks with the club

    What do you think?
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  2. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    Xhaka and Ceballos will rotate and Elneny will play instead of Partey in the cup and first europa games.
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  3. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Xhaka and Partey will be the core but I can see us going back to the 4-3-3 system (using Partey, Xhaka and Ceballos, El Neny in rotation) Arteta first deployed where Xhaka drops to left centre back when defending.
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  4. Maybe

    Maybe Well-Known Member

    Xhaka and Ceballos will rotate, with Xhaka taking control of domestic cups and Ceballos playing games that we actually want to win
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  5. Leo_ense_

    Leo_ense_ Unknown Member

    If we are playing a 3 it’s definitely Partey/Ceballos/Xhaka. Perfect balance in this midfield and a great mix of technical and physical qualities. Also the added versatility to have Saka or Willian fill in. So many options :drool:

    My hope is Guendouzi comes back refocused and reintegrates well next season. If this happens I think the midfield set is complete.
  6. Macho

    Macho Not Here For The Athletic's BS Trusted


    Think Ceballos gets rotated or pushed further up.
  7. Maybe

    Maybe Well-Known Member

    So you would rather see an inferior player because the other guy is on loan? Even if we can't get him on a permanent deal, it will be a priority position to improve next summer.
    You don't buy Partey to play him next to Xhaka ffs
  8. Riou

    Riou Non-Stop Nostalgia

    Partey looks like he can do exactly what Xhaka can do and then some!

    Hoping we eventually move to a 4-3-3 with Partey-Ceballos-Saka in the middle, great mix there...still hopeful we will be keeping Dani permanently from next season.

    Granit is a good player, but I feel he should be a squad player at best at where I want Arsenal to be.
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  9. Macho

    Macho Not Here For The Athletic's BS Trusted

    Ceballos priority is to get in the Spain NT so I am pretty sure he was assured playing time, otherwise he wouldn't be here.
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  10. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    I think it will vary but Xhaka will be the most frequent. Maybe as time passes Ceballos will become the most frequent.
  11. Macho

    Macho Not Here For The Athletic's BS Trusted

    He joined to play with Xhaka mate lmao
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  12. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    Partey and Xhaka , more interested in what will play ahead of them. Elneny several times tried to give and go with several of our forwards players.... and they could Notmanage to make a 5 yard pass with any consistency. Shocking.
  13. Taneruit

    Taneruit Well-Known Member

    All three. Even Elneny will get play time. That said as suggested I wouldn't be surprised about a midfield three of Xhaka, Ceballos and Partey with Ceballos being the advanced midfielder.
  14. say yes

    say yes Thread Title Abuser

    I gave five reasons for preferring Xhaka. You can’t just quote the loan one and then pretend that’s my only reason ffs :lol:
  15. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    Awful opinion. Xhaka and Partey is a perfect partnership on paper. Priority position to improve next summer is a more attacking mid, we have too many deeper midfielders and Douzi back next summer.
  16. Maybe

    Maybe Well-Known Member

    You've just made it 5 times worse
  17. Maybe

    Maybe Well-Known Member

    "Perfect partnership" and Xhaka will never fit together. I'm giving up on anyone who rates Xhaka over Ceballos, hopeless people
  18. RunTheTrap

    RunTheTrap Well-Known Member

    And Torreria joined to play with Partey. Things change.
  19. Jason Jace

    Jason Jace Member

    This is a formation I will prefer

    Bellerin Holding Gabriel Tierney

    Ceballos Partey Xhaka

    Pepe Aubameyang saka

    Emile Smith Rowe(if he is any Good) can play in place of Xhaka, and play as Double 8 (alongside Ceballos)
  20. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    It's gonna be Xhaka because it's always Xhaka :lol:.

    I'd much prefer a 3 man with Ceballos and Saka just ahead of Partey but a Xhaka-Partey pivot is fine. 2 experienced midfielders with a decent blend is pretty much a no-brainer for Arteta. It will be interesting to see how we do set up. It's possible that he uses a 3 man with Xhaka, Partey and Ceballos - which would be a bit stodgy in terms of upward thrust but there's solidity and a bit of variety.

    Partey with Saka and one of ESR/Willock in the EL would be nice to see IMO.
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