Arsenal boss Arteta: We need more from Partey | OneFootball
Arsenal boss Arteta: We need more from Partey
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits they need more from Thomas Partey.
The midfielder has openly criticised himself for below par performances this season too.
And Arteta did not pull any punches when he said: "We need him at his best. He can produce more and he knows that. We have to demand more from him.
"The fact that he's had so many injuries has not been really helpful for him because he hasn't found the platform physically to be at his best.
"Then he has had some games where he has been more consistent than in others."
Arteta is ultimately confident Partey will emerge as his prize midfielder and believes it is the player's ability and not his big transfer fee that is leading people to judge him harshly.
He added: "I don't think it's related to the money. The supporters have seen the quality and what he can provide on the pitch. We want to see that more often.
"He is an important player in the team and obviously we've missed him for long, long periods since he joined and that's not ideal.
"But our aim is just to get the best out of him and how we're going to do that."
Arteta added: "The fact that we've had to make some changes doesn't give him the consistency or a relationship or partnership with someone to get to understand each other. But injuries are part of it and you have to adapt."