MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Thomas Partey of Arsenal gets some instructions from Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta Gets Serious Warning Over Thomas Partey. (READ)

Arsenal Football Club manager, Mikel Arteta has received a warning concerning the fitness condition of Ghanaian midfielder, Thomas Partey.

According to former Arsenal defender, Matthew Upson, Mikel Arteta must do everything within his powers to prevent Partey from sustaining another injury if the Gunners are to maintain a title challenge this season.

Upson believes Arteta should manage Partey’s minutes in matches to keep him ready for big games.

“He was man of the match for me,” Upson told Stadium Astro.

“I thought he was excellent, obviously in terms of the goal contribution, which is a big deal for a defensive midfield player.

“But just the simplicity. He is that rock in midfield, that anchor allowing Xhaka to go and pick up those positions, allowing [Martin] Odegaard to drift into those roles, knowing they have got the responsibility of someone like him sat behind them.

“Today he was excellent, involved in a lot of passing in the build-up, to me that is a man of the match performance from a midfield player.

“Definitely, it is a big thing they have to achieve. Whether that is to manage his minutes, adjust his training schedule, whatever they need to do I feel they have to keep him fit ready for occasions like today,” he added.

Partey has already missed four matches due to ongoing fitness issues this season, including Arsenal’s only defeat of the campaign so far against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Ghana international made his latest comeback from injury against Brentford prior to the international break but was forced to pull out of Ghana’s recent friendly against Brazil after suffering another setback.

The 29-year-old was fit enough to start Arsenal’s Premier League derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday and scored a goal as Arteta’s side defeated Spurs 3-1 at Emirates.

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