Thomas Partey drops Instagram clue about Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal squad selection against Slavia Prague

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Thomas Partey drops Instagram clue about Mikel Arteta's Arsenal squad selection against Slavia Prague


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Arsenal will look to advance to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League for the second time in three seasons when they travel to Sinobo Stadium to face Slavia Prague in the second leg of their quarter-final this evening.
The Gunners, who ended their four-game winless streak on Sunday night by beating Sheffield United 3-0 at Bramall Lane, were held to a 1-1 draw by Slavia in last Thursday’s first leg at the ‘Emirates Stadium.

Tomas Holes scored a dramatic late equalizer for the Czech side in the stoppage time after Nicolas Pepe gave the Gunners the lead with just four minutes remaining.

This means Slavia have the advantage of having an away goal to their name before kick-off tonight which means Arsenal need to score to have a chance to progress to the bottom four and to book a semi-final against Villarreal or Dinamo. Zagreb.

Although the Gunners will face a severe test tonight, with Slavia having already knocked out Leicester City and Rangers from the competition on the road to the last eight, they will have a sense of confidence in their veins after registering a professional victory over the Blades on Sunday. .

However, the Gunners will no doubt feel the weight on their shoulders as the Europa League remains their only hope of lifting a piece of silver this season.

Ahead of kick-off, boss Mikel Arteta stressed the importance of the Gunners’ progress to the bottom four.

“It’s very important to us and it’s our club,” said the Spaniard in his pre-match press call on Wednesday. “These are not individual interests, it’s a whole collective interest that we want to do well in each competition.

“Tomorrow’s game puts us in a position to go to a semi-final of a European competition and that’s where this club needs to be. That’s why tomorrow we have to win this. ”

Ahead of tonight’s game, Arteta suffered the unwelcome stress of not being able to provide a concrete answer on whether Martin Odegaard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be available for selection, meaning he is faced with a potential dilemma in attack. The two missed the weekend due to ankle injury and illness respectively.

However, Arteta has plenty of midfield options at his disposal, with Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey all fit and available for selection.

But with Xhaka potentially continuing to left-back in place of injured Kieran Tierney, that means two of Ceballos, Elneny and Partey will be Arteta’s midfield pivot.

While all three bring their own individual qualities to the table, midfielder Partey will likely be the main favorite to take one of the two spots up for grabs.

And that just might be the case if her latest social media post is something to be done.

Thomas Partey took to Instagram before the kickoff.  (Image: Thomas Partey on Instagram).
Thomas Partey took to Instagram before the kickoff. (Image: Thomas Partey on Instagram).

Speaking to Instagram ahead of tonight’s game, the former Atletico Madrid star uploaded a montage ad graphic, complete with footage of himself and the kick-off time, suggesting that he’s fully in line to begin tonight’s critical meeting.

Interestingly, other members of the Arsenal squad did the same at the start of this season, including Willian and Gabriel Martinelli.

However, it should be noted that other players have done the same in the past when they were only named to the substitutes’ bench and not in the starting lineup.

Since joining the Gunners from Atletico in October, Partey’s first season in England has been plagued by injury complaints, meaning he has struggled to get into a steady pace.

However, the midfielder, who claimed an assist against Sheffield United on Sunday, has shown up regularly in recent weeks, giving hope that his fortunes will change. Since joining the club, the Ghana international has racked up 23 appearances, recording three assists.

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