Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has defended the impact this season of Thomas Partey.
Partey has struggled badly this season since his move from Atletico Madrid, largely through injury, but is also failing to adapt to English football and find any consistent form.
Arteta said, “It is very difficult to make a real assessment because he has missed six months. That is a long time. He is still adapting to our way of playing which is different to what he did at Atletico Madrid.
“He had some big sparks and we can all see what he can bring to the team. Now it is about finding that consistency level that we need from him and building a team that can play around him because he has that capacity.
“The biggest difficulty he has had is that he has not been fit. Then every time he was fit he missed the next game and was out. For a long time physically he has not had time to prepare himself to play at the highest level.
“Obviously that has an impact because the level in the Premier League and demands of how fit you have to be it is key he is in a position for him to be able to perform at a level that he can do. Up to this point he has not had that possibility.”