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Return of Thomas Partey gives Arsenal an edge over Tottenham

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Adrian Clarke discusses important tactics and players that can be critical in Matchweek 6.

Thomas Partey (ARS)

With the team back from injury,


Arsenal will get a big boost ahead of Sunday’s home derby in North London. Tottenham Hotspur.

Partey at centre-back v Burnley

It will be interesting to see if Arteta is using a 4-1-4-1 formation against Nuno Espirito Santo. It was a bold move to defeat “Turf Moore” , which could made partey the only natural center-back with Emil Smith Lowe and Martin Odegaard.

It was also a sign of the Arsenal manager’s confidence that partey would protect his back. This particular setup also makes it easy to overload the 4-4-2 Burnley system when in the hands of a Gunners. Smith Rowe and match winner Odegaard took possession of both Burnley midfielders as their striker tried to put pressure on Arsenal’s center-back.

Arsenal’s performance at Burnley

This freed the partey to swap between those units, and he secretly dictated ownership of the domain. Spurs will probably have 3-4 center midfielders, so it won’t be easy for Partey to spend so much time and space. Albert Sambi Lokonga could have formed a 4-2-3-1 with him at Arsenal’s midfield base.

They played great together for 14 minutes at Turf Moor and have the potential to build great partnerships. One of his special qualities is the desire to pass the ball forward. He is confident in his abilities and loves to make accurate passes in the Arsenal attack, which he lacks in his absence. -The season party has tried more programs than in the debut season. On average, 46.4% of his posts this season were vertical. This is up from 31.8% in the 2020-21 season.

Partey’s passing compared

The four teammates who have scored the most assists in 103 minutes this season are Odegaard (10), Nicholas Pepe (9), Bukayo Saka (8) and Smith Rowe (6). If the party can dominate the midfield, it could help Arsenal win their first North London derby since 2013/14.


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