Arsenal’s international break to-do list: Mikel Arteta’s need to get Thomas Partey starting just one issue

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Worst start to a season for 67 years. Plenty for Arsenal to address in the international break...

Get Partey back fit

There were a number of reasons for Arsenal’s poor start to the season, but the absence of Thomas Partey was a big one. The midfielder had been one of the bright sparks in pre-season and his injury against Chelsea at the start of August rocked the club.

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The hope is Partey can start training over the next week or so as he recovers from an ankle issue. He is desperately needed as the Ghanian brings experience and stability to Arsenal’s midfield. The fact Granit Xhaka is suspended for the next three games further highlights the need to get Partey fit and firing.

Allow Gabriel and White to form a partnership

It is a blessing for Arsenal that so few of their players are away on international duty. Ben White, after suffering with Covid-19, has not travelled with England and Gabriel has also been told to stay in England by Brazil as he recovers from a knee issue that forced him to miss the Olympics.

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The two are likely to become Arsenal’s first-choice pairing in the heart of defence and the coming week gives them a chance to finally train together. On the plus side they did both feature in a 4-0 win over Brentford in a behind-closed-doors friendly today.

With a crunch clash against Norwich coming on September 11, Arsenal would do well to use the time and training wisely.

Boost morale

This is obviously easier said than done, but Mikel Arteta must really try to find a way to lift the spirits at London Colney. Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looked utterly broken after the 5-0 loss to Manchester City, and who can blame him?

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Arsenal have very little to cheer about right now, but Arteta cannot allow his squad to sulk as they prepare for a crucial run of games. The Spaniard must find a way to motivate the squad and get them back on track. There is still a long way to go this season.

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