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‘They need him’: Sky pundit claims if £45m man doesn’t start for Arsenal on Saturday, Spurs may well beat them

 

‘They need him’: Sky pundit claims if £45m man doesn’t start for Arsenal on Saturday, Spurs may well beat them.Thomas Partey suffered an injury on international duty ahead of the north London derby clash between Arsenal and Tottenham.The midfielder is expected to be fit for the game but he has had another season plagued by injury and it may not be wise to rush him back.

Former Gunners striker Alan Smith has spoken to Sky Sports about just how important Partey is to Mikel Arteta’s side.He has suggested that Spurs could well go into the game as favourites against his old club if Partey is missing from the engine room.

 

‌Smith on Partey before Arsenal vs Tottenham

He said: “Hopefully Tierney will be okay but Partey is a big concern, you know? He is so important to that Arsenal team, to that midfield.

“We saw without him against Manchester United, there were big holes in that midfield that allowed Fernandes to put those balls through. Don’t think that would have happened with Partey in the team.

“You don’t want to be reliant on one player quite to this extent but he is so important. Mo Elneny is out for a period of time as well so they are short in midfield. They need Partey in there.

“That could tip the balance – whether he plays or not. With him in there, they’re so much more of a solid side, able to support that talented attack.”

Whoever wins this game will go top of the Premier League and it is set to be another crunch clash between the two bitter north London rivals.Partey being fit would be a major boost for Arsenal’s hopes of winning, but if he is rushed back before he is ready, that could have the opposite effect.

 

 

 

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