Mikel Arteta faces risky decision during title race after player speaks out

Mikel Arteta is currently faced with a difficult decision regarding Arsenal’s midfield lineup for the rest of the season. Despite Thomas Partey’s return to the starting lineup after a six-month absence, Arteta must weigh the risks of keeping him there. Partey’s recent participation in the starting XI does not guarantee his continued inclusion in upcoming matches, particularly considering the strong performances of Jorginho, Declan Rice, and Martin Odegaard in the midfield. Although Partey had been a reliable player for Arsenal in his early seasons, injuries have limited his playing time this season, with only eight Premier League appearances to date.

However, his potential return to a starting role could influence the decision on a contract renewal this summer, as he nears the final year of his current agreement. Partey has expressed his desire to continue playing for Arsenal, emphasizing his commitment to the club and his determination to perform at the highest level. Arteta’s decision regarding the midfield lineup will be crucial in a tight Premier League title race involving Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool. Breaking up the established trio of Jorginho, Rice, and Odegaard in favor of Partey could potentially elevate Arsenal’s midfield performance.

The next eight games of the season will determine the impact of Arteta’s decision on the team’s performance in the title race.

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