Thomas Partey says this is just the beginning for him at Arsenal, and his injury problems have just been part of his adaptation period.
Arsenal summer signing Thomas Partey has had an unconventional start to life with his new club. He’s had multiple injuries as the team have underperformed, yet he’s still viewed in a positive light by the fans, who have taken to him very quickly.
Partey recently returned from his latest injury to aid Arsenal in a late comeback win over Benfica, before making further appearances against Leicester City and Burnley. The 27-year-old insists this is just the start, and he’ll soon show what he can do.
“I think this is just the start,” Partey said. “I’m starting to get used to how my mates play, how the Premier League goes, and with time everything will be good. I will do my best and will do my work to try to make sure I will be at my best.
“It was a difficult moment to get used to how the team plays and I think the injuries are part of the adaptation. It is part of the game, you never know when you’ll get injured. I do all my work, I try to make sure I’m fit to play any game.
“I had a few games, against Man United and against Wolves [where I was 100 percent], and I was able to show what I can do. Due to less games and less training, I have to keep working and have to keep trying to get back to that level of performance.”
Performances like in the victory at Old Trafford and the home win over Newcastle United have fans hopeful that Partey could help take the team’s midfield to the next level, with the right partner and a clean bill of health for an extended period of time.
But they don’t have the luxury of waiting right now. With a key Europa League tie against Olympiacos, a North London derby, and matches against West Ham United and Liverpool, the next few weeks will be one of the toughest periods of the remainder of the season.
If Partey can help them come through it with a few wins, it would do wonders for the success of the campaign.