Head Coach of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has said that he doesn’t expect Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey to leave the club this transfer window.
Thomas Partey who has two more years left on his Arsenal contract has become a subject of transfer since the opening of the ongoing transfer window.
Per reports, Partey was heavily monitored by Juventus, Monaco and a number of Saudi Arabian clubs.
The reports further stipulates that the midfielder has already agreed personal terms with a club in Saudi. However, Mikel Arteta has said that he doesn’t expect the Ghanaian to depart the club.
“No. Every time I spoke to him his will is to stay with us. For me there’s nothing there at all,” Mikel Arteta told the media ahead of the friendly game against Manchester United at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday.
When quizzed if Partey is in his plans, he said: “Without a question of a doubt. Thomas is a super important player for us and for me. I want him to be part of the team.”
Arsenal recently secured the signature of English international Declan Rice from West Ham on a fixed fee of £100m and £5m in add ons. Per the some football connoisseurs, Rice will replace Partey in the starting lineup, however, Arteta thinks otherwise.
“Yeah. They can play together. That was in my plans. If you want to improve the squad you need players that can improve the squad and players that can play together,” the Spanish coach dies
Partey joined Arsenal for €50m in October 2020 from Atletico Madrid, where he had made 188 appearances over five years with the La Liga side.
The Ghanaian has played 99 times for Arsenal, scoring five goals and providing four assists.