Thomas Partey injury forces change in Arsenal plans

Arsenal might have to keep Thomas Partey at the Emirates beyond the January transfer window due to his latest injury.

According to a report by Football Insider, Thomas Partey might force Arsenal to alter plans for the January transfer window. The Ghanaian international is currently on the sidelines due to his latest injury. So, the North London club might have to keep him at the Emirates until next summer.

Thomas Partey has endured a topsy-turvy ride since joining Arsenal from Atletico Madrid three years ago. The North London club would have hoped for the 30-year-old to transform the midfield department. But his fitness issues are slowly making him a liability due to extended spells on the sidelines.

The Ghanaian international penned a contract with £200,000-a-week wages when he joined Arsenal. So, Partey’s fitness issues are burdening the Gunners as they look to build a squad that can challenge on all fronts. Injuries have also been a concern this term, with the experienced midfielder managing only 341 minutes of game time across five outings.

Partey’s issues have forced Arsenal to consider his long-term future at the Emirates. Recent reports have claimed that the Premier League heavyweights are ready to entertain offers for the player. Meanwhile, the former Atletico Madrid midfielder has also been contemplating his next move.

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The latest update revealed that Partey had informed Arsenal of his decision to leave in January. Meanwhile, the 30-year-old does not have any shortage of suitors vying for his signature, with Juventus leading the charge to land him. But his £200,000-a-week wages might pose a problem for most interested clubs.

Juventus cannot afford to pay a player aged 30 a salary of £200,000 per week. But Partey’s fitness issues are a bigger problem, not just for his suitors but also for Arsenal. With the Gunners in the market for a defensive midfielder heading into the January transfer window, offloading Partey is crucial for them.

But Arsenal might have to keep the Ghanaian international at the Emirates beyond the January transfer window if he does not regain his fitness in the coming weeks. That will, in turn, alter their plans for this winter, meaning a defensive midfielder might only arrive next summer.

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