Arteta’s Tactical Options: Partey’s Versatility and Jorginho’s Arrival”
Arsenal has suffered a setback due to Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury, which has put an end to his season. The defender underwent surgery on his knee after overstretching himself during a match against Sporting CP last week. Tomiyasu was seen leaving the Emirates Stadium with the help of crutches and was unable to participate in the team’s 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
Arsenal released a statement stating that Tomiyasu underwent a successful surgery in London on Tuesday, and unfortunately, he will not be able to participate in the rest of this season. The club will be providing full support to Tomiyasu during his recovery, with the aim of having him return to pre-season training ahead of next season.
Losing Tomiyasu is a significant setback for Arsenal and their manager, Mikel Arteta, in terms of squad depth. Nevertheless, Arteta does have an alternative option to cover for Ben White.
In the game against Crystal Palace, Arteta replaced White with Thomas Partey at right-back. Partey has prior experience playing in defense, having featured in the position 11 times during his time at Atletico Madrid, including against Arsenal in their Europa League semi-final second leg, where he put on an impressive performance in a 1-0 win. While Partey’s absence from midfield would be felt, Jorginho has demonstrated the ability to deputize in that position adequately.
In addition, Arsenal also has William Saliba as an option to consider. If he is also unavailable for a long time, White could cover his position in central defense, Partey could play at right-back, and Jorginho could take up the midfield role. Arteta deserves credit for his strategic thinking, including the acquisition of Jorginho in the January transfer window, which has provided the team with these various options. It is also impressive to see Partey, who has received high praise from Yaya Toure as “just unbelievable,” expanding his skills and versatility.
Arteta’s Tactical Options: Partey’s Versatility and Jorginho’s Arrival
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