‘I will play Thomas Partey, Declan Rice together’ – Arsenal manager Mikkel Arteta


English Premier League side Arsenal FC manager Mikel Arteta says he has a plan to to play both Ghana’s star midfielder Thomas Partey and English star the Declan Rice together.

Rice has featured in each of Arsenal’s last two pre-season friendlies against the MLS All-Stars and Manchester United, starting in the latter and coming off the bench in the former.


Partey was expected to leave the club this summer but joined Arsenal’s pre-season squad last week and made a cameo appearance in their defeat to Manchester United on last Saturday.


Reacting to questions over Partey’s future, Arteta said he counts the midfielder as a key player and plans to play him alongside Rice.


“Thomas is a super important player for us and for me. I want him to be part of the team,” the Arsenal boss said.


“That’s for sure. Yeah. They can play together. That was in my plans… That’s why we bought Declan as well.”


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