Could Franck Kessie be the perfect backup for Thomas Partey at Arsenal?

After the transfer window closed last summer, one thing was clear: Arsenal needed to sign an attacker and a winger this winter. This transfer agenda was intact throughout the first half of the season, but it appears that after Gabriel Jesus’ injury, this agenda was abandoned, but was it?

If I were asked this question, I’d say Mikel Arteta is probably too wise to ignore his midfield’s needs, even if replacing Gabriel Jesus is unavoidable. Arsenal’s midfield is currently strong, but we know this because Thomas Partey has managed to stay fit.

Yes, Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka have been outstanding, but the foundation of their brilliance is Partey’s defensive alertness in midfield. God forbid Partey gets injured anytime soon, but consider what’s at stake: a chance to win the Premier League.

Arteta must provide dependable cover for the £45 million star. When it comes to covers, ESPN pundit Craig Burley believes Arsenal can “steal” one from Barcelona.

Franckie Kessie, who has only made six starts for Xavi since joining Camp Nou last summer, could be the ideal replacement for Partey. “Again, he was surplus for Barcelona (left on the bench against Espanyol),” said Burley of Kessie’s frustrating situation at Barcelona.

“Would they get him on loan? It would be terrific cover. But does he want to go from being cover at Barcelona to cover at Arsenal?”

Kessie was a mainstay in AC Milan’s starting eleven before moving to La Liga, guiding them to the Serie A title; could Arsenal be the club where he resurrects his promising career?

Daniel O

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  1. Yes! I did suggest this in earlier article. Loan to buy or outright purchase, either would be great. Even if he hops from their bench to ours, overall he would definitely get more starts for us than at Barca because it is highly unlikely that Partey will stay fit for the remainder of the season with picking up a niggle at some point, besides we are in 3 competitions so there is more than enough game time to share around.

  2. Yes but the only problem is that when the both of them (Party & kessie leave for African Cup of Nation next year, Arsenal will be affected.

  3. He wants to leave Barca because he is not getting much if any playing time.would he leave Barca for Arsenal to sit on the bench too?

  4. A 6 month loan would benefit everyone.

    – Kessie gets to play more
    – Arsenal gets their cover without significant cost
    – Barca gets their player off the books and possibly get their assets value increazed

  5. Yes, I learnt spurs are ready to bid £13m for him. A very good player at that fee is something we should take advantage of.
    He’s strong, good passer of the ball and with an extraordinary engine.

  6. According to the”Athletic”, Arteta is considering a move for Bellingham, in the summer…😳

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