Thomas Partey yellow cards are likely to become an issue this season for Arsenal but that just means he’s a true Gunner who’s settling in.
It is one of the Premier League’s peculiarities that a side labelled as soft and afraid of a fight frequently pick up more yellow cards than any other side in the division, but that’s where we stand with Arsenal over the last couple of seasons.
Partey made his Arsenal debut from the bench against Manchester City on 17 October, playing seven minutes and picking up a yellow card. Thomas made his full debut against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on 22 October 2020. He was also booked in that game after just 34 minutes.
Serving two yellow card suspensions last season for totting up, it is natural, therefore, to expect him to see similar time on the sidelines with Arsenal, especially given how quick Premier League refs are to book Arsenal players.
In fact, you could almost bet on it with Partey serving two yellow card suspensions in each of the last three seasons.
Thomas Partey yellow cards with Atletico Madrid
Partey picked up 45 yellows in 188 games with Atletico Madrid, a rate of around one booking every four games but the midfielder has never received a straight red card and only one of his 45 yellows turned into a sending off.
To compare, Granit Xhaka has 51 yellows (23/12/20) in 182 games, a rate of one every three-and-a-half games. None of those yellows, however, have gone red and the two straight reds he has during his Arsenal career remain those two issued by Jon Moss.
In short, both Partey and Xhaka seem to know how to play on a booking which is handy skill to have in the Arsenal midfield these days.
Partey even managed to be named Man of the Match while playing on his latest.
Speaking after Arsenal’s opening Europa League game on 22 October and ahead of their league game against Leicester on 25 October, Mikel Arteta said of Partey, “I was really impressed [with his performance against Rapid Vienna] because he looked really confident, he grabbed the game in the most difficult period, he took responsibility, he was really comfortable on the ball, he made a lot of right decisions, he was really strong in the challenges in every transition moment.
“I was impressed.”