Arsenal’s best midfielder did not start well in north London, and the Ghanaian star hopes for a turnaround of luck next year
2020 was a mixed bag for Thomas Partey.
After a pretty good singles year for Atletico Madrid, one of Africa’s brightest exports has secured his move from Arsenal from a dream to Deadline Day.
The late move was celebrated by most of the Goonners because of the star profile of Ghana and the rounded nature, which resolved some of their issues in the midfield.
Some fans felt that the club should have given priority to signing more creative players like Houssem Aouar, but they understood and accepted the arrival of Partey from Atletico.
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Partey: The Story of 2020
Although Diego Simeone’s team seemed to qualify for 2019/20, Partey grew in popularity and was associated with some of the major European sides, including Arsenal – the side he eventually joined – and Chelsea briefly.
Regardless Los RojiblancosFighting, the West African was one of their best performers in the round of 16 of the Champions League against then-European champions Liverpool, who eliminated a total of 4-2.
Simeone’s team actually fought in La Liga before the lock, but was the main beneficiary of the football suspension in March. They managed to come together after a lock and win in seven of their 11 best flying games and finish third overall in the league, a staggering 17 points ahead of Real Madrid.
Seemingly on the run and struggling to compete with the weak Los Blancos and an even weaker Barcelona, seemed a good time for Partey to leave Madrid.
Arsenal under the leadership of Mikel Arteta presented an interesting adventure. Having won the FA Cup by beating Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-finals and final, respectively, and beating the newly crowned Premier League champions in the Community Shield, the transition of the Gunners in theory made sense.
While Goal claimed before it ended 19./20. that moving to Arteta’s team is strange due to Arsenal’s lack of Champions League football, and he chose Chelsea instead, the 27-year-old replaced Madrid for north London in early October.
Unfortunately, the injuries have so far disrupted the all-time midfielder’s time in England, while Arsenal’s miserable results in December have brought them closer to the bottom of the top four.
Partey’s quality shone in the games he played, especially at Old Trafford, where he held a masterclass alongside Mohamed Elneny, while the London giant beat Manchester United 1-0; while in some parts he met with criticism for his decision to replace himself, more or less, in a 2-0 derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in early December.
With a return date that is still unknown, Ganac has certainly started an unforgettable start at Arsenal and will hope to improve his luck in the new year.
Partey: Any rumors about a transfer?
None. It will take the most dramatic turn of events for a player who is being chased by the club to consider leaving in January or even next summer.
Partey: One big ambition for 2021
Two months ago after the West African signed for the Riflemen, the goal was certainly for the former Atletico star to increase his chances for the team as he wanted to return to the first European club competition.
Now, given that the situation with the three-time Premier League champion is seemingly desperate, finishing in CL places will mark a brilliant first year for the midfielder, no matter how wrong a start he may have had.
If qualifying through the finals of the top four leagues proves unattainable, a victory in the Europa League – which guarantees an automatic place in the prestigious exhibition area of the continent – will be equally sufficient.
In any case, taking Arsenal to the Champions League for the first time since 16/17 will be massive for the gunners who are left behind in the country and on the continent.
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Partey: One big fear for 2021
On the individual front: if the injuries continue and the midfielder cannot play a significant role until the end of the season.
For the club: if Arsenal completely misses European football and has to play 21/22 without any continental football.
The worst-case scenario, which seems unthinkable, would be for the Gunners to suffer the embarrassment of relegation from the Premier League.