Who starts alongside Partey?

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by say yes, Oct 7, 2020.


Who would you start alongside Partey?

  1. Xhaka

  2. Elneny

  3. Ceballos

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  1. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    Well obviously Xhaka, Ceballos-Partey as a pivot doesn't complement each other well at all. Both are basically 8's. But we still could see some evolution in terms of the system that would mean 3 of them.
  2. RunTheTrap

    RunTheTrap Well-Known Member

    Xhaka being our best midfielder is like saying Harry Maguire is Utd’s best centre back. It’s probably true but that’s something that has to change quickly if you want to be a serious club.
  3. MikelHadADream

    MikelHadADream Well-Known Member

    Think we could see all three starting a lot of the time. Its quite flat as a midfield, but should provide a lot of control to games.

    I'd like to see them all play at some stage, with Willian on the left coming between the lines with Auba at 9 and Pepe out wide providing 1v1 threat.
  4. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant and Believer-In-Chief Trusted

    Ceballos please

    Hopefully Xhaka is sold in the summer to pay for Ceballos permanently if he continues to improve with us
  5. Gervais

    Gervais Well-Known Member

    Xhaka - Partey
    Straightforward really.
  6. kraphtous

    kraphtous Raul Stanllehi

    I would like to see Xhaka, Partey, Özil in midfield together, but Arteta will probably go for Xhaka, Partey and Ceballos which lacks on the offensive side but we‘ll have 70% of the ball most of the time at least.
  7. James Bond

    James Bond Moderation Consultant

    Makes sense he wants to play with Xhaka. What better way to showcase how good you are than show the full range of your talents next to such a limited player?

    I mean think back to when Cabellos came on vs Liverpool. The ability to play a forward pass really stood out after watching Xhaka and Elneny pass it sideways and backwards for 60 mins.

    What a maestro. Unreal reading of the game within the game from our new guy Thomas.
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  8. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford Trusted


    You wish.
  9. say yes

    say yes Thread Title Abuser

    Are the two people who voted for Elneny (@razörist , @#254 ) trolling btw? Added that option as a joke and now I’m extremely worried I’m going to have to place the pair of you on my ignore / ridicule list.

    Please confirm immediately. Thanks.
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  10. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford Trusted

    It will be Xhaka Partey which to me suggests we’ll be seeing a 434 sooner rather than later as he won’t leave out Ceballos out for long and I think Ceballos does have potential in the final third.

    There’s a lot of overlap between Xhaka and Partey so I’m hoping that Xhaka becomes more adventurous with his passing like he used to be. Line breaking passes are pretty much the only thing he has over Partey so if he doesn’t showcase that then he’s kind of redundant.
  11. CaseUteinberger

    CaseUteinberger Cazorla (not Carzola ffs)

    How many of our midfielders is too much for Hertha? Sure there is room for two.
  12. CaseUteinberger

    CaseUteinberger Cazorla (not Carzola ffs)

    Finally a goalkeeperless formation! I have been waiting for some out of the box thinking and tactics. ;)
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  13. Jury

    Jury Mission Accomplished

    Well in, lad. Well in.
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  14. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    What do you think
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  15. RunTheTrap

    RunTheTrap Well-Known Member

    He can do both.
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  16. Arseshavin

    Arseshavin Active Member

    Neither. He's a defensive midfielder who's main task is to protect the defense and hold his position.
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  17. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Thomas Tuchel Stan Trusted

    @Rex Banter
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  18. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford Trusted

    How dare you.
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  19. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford Trusted

    Pirlo CR7 hybrid.
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  20. Divided_Pie

    Divided_Pie Well-Known Member

    It will depend on the competition and formation.

    I think we'll see Partey - Ceballos against the bigger teams that press a lot. I think Xhaka will play against teams that don't press well.

    Worth keeping in mind that both players didn't really excel until they were both playing deep in front of a back 3. Also interesting that Arteta has seemingly favored Elneny over both Ceballos and Xhaka in recent league matches. Xhaka was pulled against Liverpool and Ceballos started on the bench against Sheffield, while Elneny played the full 90 in both.

    I personally don't want to see Ceballos or Xhaka play further forward in a 3. Neither one of them can make quick decisions and execute them with the compressed time and space available in the final 3rd. Both need time on the ball. Ceballos was tried at #10 and that experiment failed... he didn't start to thrive until he was played deeper.

    Rather have Saka or Willian or even Özil playing higher up.

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