How Arsenal could line-up with Thomas Partey with Mikel Arteta changing midfield to fit Ghanaian in after £45m transfer

How Arsenal could line-up with Thomas Partey with Mikel Arteta changing midfield to fit Ghanaian in after £45m transfer

October 5, 2020

THOMAS PARTEY could make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City in their first game after the international break.

The Ghanaian international is set to link up with the Gunners after his £45millon release clause at Atletico Madrid was activated.

And he is expected to slot straight into the starting XI with the North Londoners finally having a commanding midfielder in their ranks.

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Mikel Arteta could ring the changes for the clash against the Citizens, despite coming off the back of a 2-1 win against Sheffield United.

Bernd Leno has featured in every game since the Community Shield victory against Liverpool, and he will retain his place between the sticks.

Arteta could opt to play three centre-backs once again, with David Luiz and Gabriel to potentially start.

And Arteta is huge fan of Scottish international Kieran Tierney slotting in as the left centre-back, despite his natural position being at left-back.

Starting at right wing-back could be Hector Bellerin, with the Spaniard in good form after his two assists against the Blades.

And despite his goal against Sheffield United, Bukayo Saka could be dropped to the bench in favour of Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The England international could come in at left wing-back as he offers a better defensive presence than the more attack-minded Saka.

Partey could replace Dani Ceballos in the line-up, with Granit Xhaka coming in for Mohamed Elneny in central midfield.

After his dazzling display off the bench in which he he scored the winner against United, Nicolas Pepe could oust Willian at right wing.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to feature on the opposite flank, with Alexandre Lacazette to lead the line in favour of Eddie Nketiah.

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