Patrick Vieira says Arsenal’s £45m ace is out of form

Patrick Vieira said Arsenal anchor Thomas Partey has been badly out of shape in recent games.

The £45m man (BBC Sport) hasn’t looked at his best control in recent weeks, citing his error against West Ham United which led to Lucas Paqueta’s opener.

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has revealed the decline in Thomas Partey’s performances.

Patrick Vieira shows Thomas Partey’s problems

It was no coincidence that ahead of his side’s 3-1 win over Chelsea, Mikel Arteta decided to drop the former Atletico Madrid midfielder in place of Jorginho.

Aside from Partey’s poor performance against the Hammers, he was also shocking against Southampton and Manchester City.

As Arsenal made easy work of Chelsea on Tuesday night, Patrick Vieira said Thomas Partey was far from his brilliant best.

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“I think Partey is going through a really difficult time. He hasn’t played the last few games at his best and Mikel has decided to play against Jorginho,” he told Sky Sports (05/02/2023, 7:30 p.m.).

HITC view: Arsenal need Partey to regain form

While Mikel Arteta’s side sit at the top of the Premier League table, it’s important to remember that Pep Guardiola’s men are just two points behind them with two games played.

So if Arsenal aim to become English champions, Thomas Partey needs to listen to Patrick Vieira and step up his game.

For most of the 2022/2023 season, the Ghana international has been in great touch.

Partey has been ranked not only as the best defensive midfielder in the league, alongside the likes of Rodri and Casemiro, but rightly so as the best defensive midfielder in the whole world.

But with his performances taking a significant hit during the crunch period, it’s high time the veteran fighter upped his game.

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