Ian Wright says there is a 'beautiful' partnership blossoming at Arsenal
Ian Wright has told his podcast that there is a ‘beautiful’ relationship blossoming at Arsenal – between Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard.
The Gunners have turned their form around of late, winning their last two Premier League matches. That is, after three consecutive league defeats.
Losses to Brentford, Manchester City and Chelsea coincided with a whole host of injuries and positive tests. But players returned, and so did points.
Partey, 28, made a sub appearance against Norwich, and then shined in the 1-0 win over Burnley. He partnered Odegaard, behind Emile Smith-Rowe.
It is a combination that is working, as the Gunners start winning again. Wright says there is “something beautiful” about the midfield relationship.
“Partey coming back, Odegaard and Partey in that pivot – there is something beautiful about that, something beautiful about it,” Wright said.
Wright on Partey and Odegaard: Arsenal duo last piece of jigsaw
There were numerous issues all over. But Aaron Ramsdale has solved the form of Bernd Leno. Kieran Tierney was always the perfect left-back.
Takehiro Tomiyasu has replaced Hector Bellerin, while Ben White and Gabriel look good at centre-back. Nicolas Pepe’s form is improving.
Bukayo Saka is obviously excellent, and being used on the left allows Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to start up top. The remaining issue was midfield.
Granit Xhaka, Mo Elneny, Dani Ceballos, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira have tried – but failed. Emile Smith-Rowe has been excellent.
He solves the 10 position, but the combination of a six and an eight has been missing. Now, Partey and Odegaard are the last piece of the jigsaw.
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