It is highly unlikely that any Arsenal fan would not be slightly concerned when the line-up against Watford FC was announced with Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey absent.
Such is his importance to the team that a large section of the fanbase feared the worst when it was later revealed that Thomas Partey had suffered a tight groin. Ainsley Maitland Niles was called in his stead and the young English midfielder delivered an outstanding performance whilst winning the man of the match award.
While Arsenal was able to come away with the full three points against Watford FC with a slim 1-0 scoreline, a tougher task lies in wait after the international break with a visit to the Anfield Stadium to face Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
But will Arsenal be able to cope against Liverpool without Thomas Partey if he is ruled out of the game? Liverpool is one of the best teams in the world and the likes of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara could prove too difficult for Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ainsley Maitland Niles to handle.
Liverpool is also one of the best pressing teams in the world. Jürgen Klopp has instilled a nearly mechanical pressing system into his Liverpool team that they always try to stay higher up the pitch to disrupt opposition rhythm and force turnovers.
Thomas Partey is Arsenal’s best press-resistant midfielder and his presence would give the Gunners greater security on the ball. If he misses the game, then there is a greater risk of Arsenal’s midfield being overrun.
This is why Arsenal also made a smart call on Thomas Partey’s fitness as they have been reported to be in talks with Ghana to discuss how to manage the midfielder’s fitness. It was also reported that he is likely to miss Ghana’s first game.
I don’t think Arsenal would be able to cope with the absence of Thomas Partey’s against Liverpool and I am sure the majority of the fanbase would also be hoping he is fit for the game. Do you think Arsenal would be able to cope against Liverpool without Thomas Partey? Let us know your opinions in the comments section below.