Arteta has not hidden his desire to strengthen Arsenal’s midfield defensively and offensively. In a bid to address the dearth of creativity, Arteta sanctioned the bossman arrival of Willian from Chelsea but he seems to still have an unfinished business with that position as he wants to bring in another creative talent in the person of Houssem Aouar from Lyon.
To bolster the defensive side of the midfield, Arteta has not hidden his love for Athletico Madrid Ghanaian midfielder, Thomas Partey, with the Gunners doing all they can to bring him to the Emirates. According to reports, personal terms have been agreed while the North Londoners continue to break sweat on reaching an agreement with Athletico.
The Madrid club are open to a sale especially after Partey rejected their latest offer of an extension but they are insistent that the full release clause must be paid by Arsenal. What then is the way out?
While Arsenal continue to sweat on bringing Partey to the Emirates, Premier League football cannot wait, hence, they have to find a way. When the desirable is not available, the available becomes the desirable. If the Ghanaian would not come, we can as well turn to the Egyptian for succor. For the Fulham game, Arteta opted for a midfield duo of Xhaka and Elneny and it paid off as the Gunners had a dominant and rampaging display culminating in an away win, clean sheet with three goals. What better start can a team pray for? Elneny literally bossed the midfield with 60 successful passes and five interceptions, the highest by any player on the pitch in that game.
Could Elneny be the Partey? I think so, both are good players but one is definitely better. In Elneny, Arsenal have a willing runner who is adept at passing. This will definitely suit Arteta’s game as the Spaniard loves the passing out from the back style.
Arteta also loves the pressing game to close down channels early enough, he can do this well owing to his untiring attitude and willingness to keep running. The Egyptian has a turbo engine he is always willing to leave running.
It is obvious that Arteta loves his defensive midfielders tall and physical, hence, his preference for the likes Xhaka and Ceballos ahead of Torreira. With the return of Elneny from his loan stint at Besikstas, he seems to have jumped in front of the Uruguayan in the pecking order.
Arsenal are still very much interested in signing both Partey and Aouar but because of the huge cost of both deals, the Gunners might have to clear out to pave way for their coming in. This means the transfer might drag right down to the transfer deadline day wire but in the interim, Arsenal need to find a way to do the job if not perfectly but well enough. Elneny is definitely not Partey but he can keep the music playing on while we wait for the real “Partey”.