Mikel Arteta challenges Thomas Partey ahead of midfielder’s return to action

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has challenged Thomas Partey to make himself ‘the boss’ of the club’s midfield. 

Partey has been on the sidelines with an ankle injury he picked during the pre-season period against Chelsea. However, the Ghana international is yet to feature this season but is in contention to start against Norwich City this Saturday. 

“He has been missed for the last year or so, because he missed almost six months of competition, which is a lot because he came very late as well in the transfer window,” Arteta told the press conference. 

“He is a player that has to be one of the leaders, he has to be the boss in midfield and one of the senior players that has to carry responsibility out of the young players and lead. We have been missing that big time.”

“He has that winning culture because he has won a lot in the game already, and to have these kind of players in the team is extremely important. So he has got a huge role to play in the team.”

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