THOMAS PARTEY may have unleashed the very best in Mesut Ozil – it is a disgrace Arsenal cannot play them collectively, Paul Merson has claimed.
The Gunners had been determined so as to add a star identify to their midfield this summer time, with Partey and Houssem Aouar focused.
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Thomas Partey may have introduced out the very best in Mesut Ozil, says MersonCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Ozil was not named in both of Arsenal’s Premier League or Europa League squadsCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
After months of failed negotiations, Arsenal had been compelled to set off Partey’s £45million launch clause on deadline day.
And Merson has claimed he nonetheless cannot consider Mikel Arteta was in a position to land the previous Atletico Madrid man so cheaply, calling him a ‘steal’.
Merson instructed Sky Sports activities: “They’ve bought that participant now [in Partey].
“Earlier than you seemed and also you thought ‘not adequate in midfield’.
“You’ve bought Xhaka and whoever it is likely to be enjoying with him.
“They haven’t bought that go, and so they play deep, and it’s simply workman-like.
“I can’t communicate extremely sufficient of [Partey].
“Once they stated Partey seems to be like he’s going to Arsenal for £45m, I believed ‘am I lacking a trick right here?’
“He may play for anybody, I take a look at Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United, Liverpool…
“I am unable to communicate extremely sufficient of him, it is an absolute steal for Arsenal.”
The German playmaker, 32, has lengthy been on the periphery of the Arsenal squad having been frozen out.
A string of disappointing performances when given a uncommon alternative did not assist Ozil’s trigger.
However Merson believes Partey may have introduced out the very best in Ozil, along with his skill opening up house for the ex-Actual Madrid star to thrive.
Merson added: “It is a disgrace that Ozil cannot play as a result of I believe [Partey] opens up the house for him.”