Mikel Arteta has claimed that Thomas Partey has been working on his shooting in training following Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.
Speaking to the press via Football London, the Basque manager revealed that the 33-cap Ghana international has been training on his long-range shots at London Colney.
Partey has been criticised for his shots from distance since joining Arsenal, yet Arteta has said that the former La Liga star has been working on improving them at Arsenal’s training ground.
The ex-Atletico Madrid midfielder is yet to score a goal for Arsenal since arriving in north London last year. And Partey came close to scoring last night against Palace.
The Gunners threw away a 1-0 lead to draw 2-2 with the east London side. And Arteta believes that Partey is getting closer to scoring his first goal for Arsenal.
The former Manchester City assistant said: “Today he was much closer than he’s been. It’s something we’re practising with him. He’s trying and he needs to keep trying, but in the right areas.”
Arsenal fans react as Arteta makes Partey claim
Indeed, some Arsenal fans on social media couldn’t believe what Arteta had to say on Partey’s long-shots. With supporters amazed the Gunners boss addressed the issue.
Here’s what some Arsenal fans had to say about Arteta’s comments on Partey on Twitter…
even artetas getting annoyed at him shooting from random areas lol— 📈 (@hxrrypriv_) October 18, 2021
Is he having a laugh?— ArsnlNeurosci (@ArsenalNeurosci) October 18, 2021
The fact that he is able to hit the target at other places and not Arsenal should make us bothered about Arsenal, no?— EL Professor (@Albert_AFC_) October 18, 2021
He had his worst game since he joined Arsenal tonight— AFC_TransferNews (@ABTNewsAFC_2) October 18, 2021
He's actually a dinosaur— wengz (@Sanchezprop) October 18, 2021
No way😭😭— . (@WengerBalI) October 18, 2021