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Roy Keane questions Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey's leadership
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Roy Keane questions Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey's leadership

Roy Keane has told ITV (broadcast on 24/11; 15:44) that he is not convinced about whether Thomas Partey has enough leadership skills as he praised the Arsenal midfielder’s form this season.

Partey has shown how important he is for the Gunners this term. Of course, it has previously been an incredibly frustrating time for the Ghana international, with injuries interrupting his spell so far.

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He had been sidelined earlier in the campaign. But he has been able to play an integral role for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s side have ascended to the top of the Premier League table.

Keane not convinced about the leadership skills of Thomas Partey

In fact, the only game the Gunners have lost in the top-flight came when Partey was absent. He is absolutely crucial to the balance of the side. And his presence has brought the best out of the likes of Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard.

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Ahead of Ghana’s opening game of the World Cup against Portugal on Thursday, Keane praised Partey’s form so far this term. He did however, suggest where he would like to see the 29-year-old improve.

“He’s having a very good season,” he told ITV. “Lot of injury problems when he first went in to Arsenal. And he’s got a big role here because there’s so many experienced players around him. I’m still not convinced that he’s got that leadership skills. But a very good player and he’ll have a big part to play today.”

Arsenal have conceded one goal in the last five Premier League games Partey has featured in.

He may not be a vocal leader. But he seems to lead by example. And that appears to suit the Arsenal ranks.

Martin Odegaard is someone you do not tend to see shouting at teammates in his role as skipper. Instead, he tends to stay incredibly calm.

Granit Xhaka meanwhile, is much happier to be vocal. And he is not afraid to demand more of those around him.

Partey seems to be much more like Odegaard, in that he sets the standard by how he goes about his business on the pitch. And given the role he performs in the side, Mikel Arteta probably does not mind him going completely under the radar.

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