Most footballers will need time to settle into a new culture and club, but it’s hard to think of anything else that could’ve made it harder for Thomas Partey at the London club last year.
Ghana international arrived very late in the window so the campaign had already started, the midfielder had a succession of injuries that stopped him from getting a proper run in the club and playing with no fans would also make it harder to get through some matches when it wasn’t going so well.
If he’s fit and plays as Partey did at Atletico Madrid then he would be one of the first names on the Gunners teamsheet, but he’s still trying to fully establish himself after another injury this summer. Thomas could be sold next summer, so this campaign could be seen as a make-or-break type of season for him.
In a way, it’s very harsh on Thomas as it sounds like the biggest issue is his lack of availability which isn’t exactly his fault, but it’s suggested that the €50m signing may end up leaving if this season isn’t more productive.
The Gunners have also had a dreadful start but the Ghanaian midfielder did play a role in the victory over Norwich at the weekend, so the hope will be that they can now kick on from there and push for the UEL place at least.