‘You can’t rely on him’: Jermaine Jenas insists Arsenal need to sign an extra midfielder to compete with injury-prone Thomas Partey… despite the Ghanaian’s man of the match display in win over rivals Tottenham
- Arsenal cannot rely on midfielder Thomas Partey, according to Jermaine Jenas
- The Ghanaian was voted man of the match by fans after the north London derby
- Partey scored the opener as Mikel Arteta’s side triumphed 3-1 at the Emirates
- Jenas feels Arsenal must sign an additional midfielder in the January window
- He believes the Gunners are likely to ‘crumble’ without Partey in the engine room
Arsenal must sign a midfielder to compete with midfielder Thomas Partey, according to former Tottenham star Jermaine Jenas.
Mikel Arteta’s side have enjoyed a fruitful start to the campaign, leading the Premier League with 21 points ahead of reigning champions Manchester City.
After scoring the opener in Arsenal’s 3-1 triumph against rivals Spurs on Saturday, Ghana international Partey contributed a vital performance in the engine room.
Jermaine Jenas feels Mikel Arteta and Arsenal cannot rely on central midfielder Thomas Partey
In only his second match back after a thigh problem, Partey was named man of the match by Gunners supporters following his impressive display.
But despite his impact, Jenas believes Arsenal cannot depend on the 29-year-old midfielder.
The former Spurs star has advised the club’s technical director Edu to recruit extra midfielders during the January transfer window.
Partey was voted man of the match by Arsenal fans after scoring the opener against Tottenham
‘You can’t rely on him,’ Jenas told Vibe with Five.
‘If I was Edu that would be the first position I’m going for in January, or the summer [transfer window], because you can’t rely on him.
‘He is very important and you see the difference when he’s in there but the minute this thing starts to crumble, that position, [Gabriel] Jesus, and you end up with [Eddie] Nketiah, Fabio Vieira, this is a different game we’re talking about.’
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand disagreed with the Arsenal supporters and felt that centre-half William Saliba deserved the man of the match award.
The ex-Spurs star advised Gunners technical director Edu to sign another midfielder in January
The 43-year-old also gave the Gunners little chance in the title race should marquee signing Jesus pick up a serious injury.
‘How’s [Partey] even getting a shout out? He wasn’t their best player,’ Ferdinand said.
‘He might not play three out of the next five [games]. Saliba was their best player.
‘If they lose Jesus it’s curtains for them.’