Kevin Campbell, a former Arsenal player, offers Mikel Arteta, a £45 million periphery player, advice: “Don’t even try to play him on Sunday unless you want Man City to disgrace you.” Unless he wants to take a chance of losing his job, Arsenal will play Manchester City this Sunday.
This Saturday’s matchup between championship contenders Arsenal and Manchester City could be a game-changing one for the entire season.
The victor of this match will undoubtedly set the early pace for the Premier League, and this is the first chance for either team to genuinely declare their intentions.
The Gunners have a number of selection issues to resolve going into this match.
Who should shoot first for the goal? Who should play in the midfield and who should replace Bukayo Saka if he gets hurt are two of the three main questions.
Given that Thomas Partey has been seen returning to Arsenal training this week, it is unclear whether the Ghanaian should start on Sunday.
On the Highbury Squad YouTube channel, Kevin Campbell argues that Arsenal should let Partey fight another day rather than putting him at danger for this match.
Campbell talked about the man worth £45 million and the reasons he shouldn’t play.
Partey has resumed training; will you start him against Manchester City? They questioned Campbell.
We don’t need to take the chance of hurrying Thomas Partey back for that game since we will need him in that midfield numerous times, the general said. “No, you don’t, you don’t play him,” I anticipate Declan Rice to continue to play wonderfully in the middle of the field, Campbell continued.
In a game of this size, it’s a risk to bench Partey, but Arsenal might be able to get away with it.
The midfield battle versus Manchester City will be very different without Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri, and Arsenal may easily defeat them without Partey in the middle of the pitch.
It’s a long season, and putting a player like Partey at risk of injury this early on is probably not a good idea.