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Thomas Partey rates his first season at Arsenal

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Thomas Partey has opened up on an injury-plagued first season at Arsenal in the Premier League.

Despite admitting to a challenging first season, Thomas Partey is confident things will improve at Arsenal in 2021/22.

The Ghanian midfielder had a mixed start to life in London following a €50 million transfer from Atletico Madrid last October. He made just 24 Premier League appearances, including 18 starts, in an injury-hit campaign.

A series of muscular, hip, and hamstring injuries meant Partey didn’t really get a decent run in the team until February.

To cap things off, Arsenal failed to qualify for Europe after finishing only eighth in the Premier League and ended the season trophyless whereas Partey’s former club Atletico won La Liga.

“Well, I think everybody has seen it, there’s been ups and downs,” Partey admitted to Ghanaian television network TV3 on his first season at Arsenal.

“We’ve had good times and bad times, but this is my first season and I think I had to adapt to how they play, get used to my teammates.

“I think now I’m getting used to them and I know with hard work everything will be okay for the next season.

“Of course, it’s not easy. The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world and if you want to be there, you have to do everything well. So I like this challenge and I’m ready to do everything.”

Partey played in all five of Arsenal’s final Premier League games to help the Gunners to victories in each of them. He also started in the last three, including the 1-0 win over Chelsea.

Quizzed on whether his injury problems are behind him, Partey replied: “Yes.

“When you see the last few games, I could play more than 70 minutes, some matches 90 minutes. So I think I’m feeling good.”