ARTICLE SOURCE: MY OPINION
After the resignation of Spanish manager Unai Emery in 2019, Arsenal required a midfield makeover, and in the summer transfer window, Thomas Partey was purchased for a release clause cost of 45 million pounds.
The Ghanaian midfielder came at the Emirates Stadium to considerable excitement after being named the centerpiece of a revamped Arsenal midfield. Unfortunately, things have not gone according to plan for the ex-Atletico Madrid midfielder, who has been plagued by ailments since his arrival in the red half of North London.
"Thomas Partey wasn't injured often at Atletico Madrid, why does he appear so injury prone now?" is a question that most Arsenal fans have been asking. Before I go into detail about why I believe Thomas Partey's injuries have increased since joining Arsenal, let's have a look at his injury history.
Thomas Partey suffered two distinct hamstring injuries at Atletico Madrid from 2016 to 2020, according to the above statistics data from transfermarkt.com. The first sidelined him for 24 days (missing five matches), while the second sidelined him for only 5 days (missed one game).
This means Thomas Partey missed 29 days and four games due to injuries over the course of four years. Thomas Partey, on the other hand, has had five different injuries since arriving at the Emirates Stadium.
He was out for 26, 36, 1, 15, and 28 days, resulting in 4, 10, 0, 3, and 4 games missed, respectively. In other words, in less than two years at Arsenal, Thomas Partey has missed a total of 106 days and 21 games.
So, what could have contributed to Thomas Partey's increased number of injuries since his transfer? Well, I believe that the disparity in playing styles between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid has played a significant influence in the injuries incurred by the Ghanaian midfielder.
Thomas Partey had less responsibilities under Diego Someone because the team (Atletico Madrid) typically sat back to absorb pressure before viciously counter-attacking. Thomas Partey, on the other hand, is expected to play a bigger role in the build-up of play through the defense and into the midfield at Arsenal.
Due to the Gunners' expansive style of football, he (Thomas Partey) will also be expected to defend enormous areas of space. When facing pacy and highly technical opponents, it is easier to defend in a deep block than it is higher up the pitch.
Thomas Partey is a key component of Arsenal's current style of play, and fans will be hoping he can stay fit for longer.
What do you believe is causing Thomas Partey's injuries to become more severe? Leave your thoughts in the comments area.
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