‘He’s come a long way’: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hails improving Thomas Partey after the midfielder scored to help Arsenal move back into the top four with a victory over Leicester City
- Thomas Partey scored in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Sunday
- The midfielder headed home in the 11th minute of play at the Emirates Stadium
- Boss Mikel Arteta was full of praise for the 28-year-old and his recent displays
Mikel Arteta said Thomas Partey has ‘come a long way’ since he signed for the club after the Ghana international produced a starring performance in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Leicester.
Partey and Alexandre Lacazette were on target as the Gunners reclaimed fourth spot in the Premier League from Manchester United, who beat Tottenham on Saturday.
Partey put Arsenal ahead with an 11th-minute header while he also hit the woodwork with a shot and played a key role in the incident which led to the second-half penalty from which Lacazette scored to seal all three points.
Mikel Arteta said Thomas Partey (pictured) has ‘come a long way’ since he signed for the club
The midfielder put in a starring performance and scored in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Leicester
The 28-year-old may not have hit the headlines as much as some of his team-mates since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2020, but Arteta believes the midfielder – named Arsenal’s player of the month for the first time in February – is getting better all the time.
‘He almost scored shooting, he had a great shot onto the crossbar, he was involved in both goals – the header he scored and the penalty as well – and the reaction when he had the shot,’ Arteta said.
‘You could see he was voted player of the month last month and he’s come a long way, he has the consistency and the minutes, he understands what we want much better.
Boss Mikel Arteta (pictured) believes Partey understands what they want and is way more consistent in his performances
‘I think his cohesion and understanding with the rest of the players is getting better and better and now it is about consistency and to keep doing it.’
Arsenal have not finished in the top four since Arsene Wenger was in charge and last season did not qualify for Europe for the first time since the 1994-95 campaign, but they have a one-point advantage and three games in hand on fifth-placed Manchester United.
West Ham in sixth and seventh-placed Wolves have also played three games more than the Gunners, and are three and five points worse off respectively.
It is a promising position to be in heading into the home straight, but Arteta is not looking too far ahead.
‘I look at the table with the games that we have remaining. We know where we are and we know what we have to look forward to.
‘We have to look at what we do and look at our performances and prepare for the next match and that’s it,’ Arteta said when asked about the importance of remaining fourth.
‘Because the rest – we are going to be guessing. I’m not a great gambler, I never have been and I don’t want to gamble.’