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Arteta hints at making an Arsenal team set up that fans have waited for all season

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( Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta / Photo via Getty )

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has shed light on the anticipated midfield partnership between Thomas Partey and Declan Rice, a combination that Arsenal fans have eagerly awaited. Arteta’s comments reflect the strategic importance of harnessing the strengths of both players and maximizing their potential impact as a dynamic duo in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield.

Speaking to The Standard, Arteta remarked, “I will have to see that chemistry on the pitch, and those qualities, and the things we have to treat around to make sure they play to their strengths and make each other better. But I think that will be a very powerful midfield.” His acknowledgment of the potential potency of a Partey-Rice midfield axis hints at the tactical considerations and player dynamics that could shape Arsenal’s midfield setup moving forward.

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Declan Rice of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Highlighting the significance of Thomas Partey’s return to full fitness after a four-month spell on the sidelines due to a thigh injury, Arteta emphasized the Ghanaian’s influence and the impact he can have on the team in the crucial final stretch of the season. Reflecting on Partey and Rice’s limited opportunities to partner in midfield, Arteta noted, “I think they only played in the Community Shield together in midfield. That tells you how much we have missed Thomas.”

LENS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 03: Thomas Partey of Arsenal looks on as he warms up prior to the UEFA Champions League match between RC Lens and Arsenal FC at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on October 03, 2023 in Lens, France. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

As Arsenal sit comfortably in 3rd place on the Premier League table with 58 points from 26 matches in the ongoing 2023/24 campaign, the potential introduction of the Partey-Rice partnership injects further excitement into the Gunners’ prospects. With a convincing 4-1 victory over Newcastle United in their latest league outing, Arsenal’s focus now shifts to their upcoming clash against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, where Arteta’s tactical acumen and the reinvigorated midfield options could play a pivotal role in shaping the team’s fortunes. Arsenal supporters will be eagerly anticipating the unfolding of this potentially potent midfield combination and the positive impact it could have on the team’s quest for success.

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