Granit Xhaka says he’s disappointed he hasn’t had more chances to play alongside Thomas Partey since his arrival at Arsenal.
Partey’s signing was hugely exciting on the deadline day of the summer transfer window but injuries have stopped his Gunners career sparking into life so far.
At Arsenal’s press conference ahead of the crucial Europa League last 32 second leg clash with Benfica, Xhaka paid tribute to Partey.
He also hailed the recent performances of Nicolas Pepe, who has played on the left of midfield more often of late.
“It’s a shame we were not playing a lot together,” said Xhaka when asked how he’s found playing alongside Partey.
“He had two big injuries but the games where we were playing together I think we looked very good, very solid. We are very good together not only on the pitch but off the pitch as well.
“He’s a lovely guy and he’s improving our team because you can see how much experience he has of this level and it’s good for my game as well.
There was also praise for another teammate: “(Nicolas) Pepe is very important for us. He has the quality. He looks very good on the left if I’m being honest. He has made the difference (for us) in the last few weeks.”
Everyone connected with Arsenal will hope that Partey can stay fit between now and the end of the season.
He has huge quality but hasn’t had a run of games in the side to be able to show it.
And if it brings out the best in Xhaka in midfield, then that’s even more of a bonus.
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