“Massive result.” Darren Bent wants Arsenal’s trio to start every game now

Darren Bent insists that Arsenal should consistently deploy the midfield trio of Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard, and Declan Rice in every upcoming match following their impressive 1-0 victory against Manchester City.

The Gunners secured a remarkable win, with Partey making a significant impact in the second half, contributing to both the goal and defensive solidity.

Partey had been sidelined due to injury for an extended period and wasn’t initially deemed fit to start. Nevertheless, his presence upon entering the game underscored how sorely he has been missed by the team.

While Gabriel Martinelli may take the limelight for his goal, which came off a deflected shot, Rice and Odegaard displayed exceptional form and controlled the midfield throughout the game.

Bent believes that these three players will be pivotal to any success Arsenal hopes to achieve this season and considers them to be the club’s most formidable midfield partnership.

He tweeted:

“Massive result. If they’re fit I only want to see Rice Partey Odegaard in MF, that is Arsenal’s best three and one of the best in the league.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

The win against City is a massive statement of intent and it would not have been possible if not for the performance of these players.

We have terrific players, but Bent is right: this midfield trio is the way to go for now.

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    1. Arteta has different plans for different teams. City was caught unawares: may not believe the tip; may not believe Jesus and Nketia and more. Not been predictable in big games is a weapon. So , he doesn’t need to follow same trend.

  1. Arteta is causing too much problems for us due to his poor selection. I don’t know who told him that football is only meant for excessive left footed and fragile players. I’m yet to be convinced by the roles of Havertz and Vieira. The combination of Rice and Partey is the real deal.

    1. almost every left footed arsenal players Artera fields uses both legs. I think Partey’s left leg isn’t for short and long passes. More so, he needs to start distant shorts like last season.

    2. Partey/Rice/Odegard or Partey/Georginho/Odegard or Rice/Georginho/Odegard, Havertz should be deployed in an attacking midfield role or a center forward, Vieira should be Odegard’s replacement in a 10 role, Arteta has a big and strong enough bench to not only challenge for the title but to win it ,

      1. Partey, Rice, Odargaad. Havetz must wait till he has to prove his performance to fit in Arsenal squad.

  2. Great Performance by Arsenal ,however the 2 cornerbacks Rice Odegard Jaysus Party Martenez & the lay off by Harvez was pretty perfect he is a good sub. Yes Odegard , Party & Rice for the midfield!

  3. Everybody until now knew that was the way to go.
    Except Mikel. Hope he learned that and we can expect to see it.
    Let’s pray he does not overthink it and tinkers again!!!

  4. Saliba kept Haaland ( aka, VEEGO the evil portrait spirit from Ghostbusters 2 ) quite. Marking Veego out of the game was key to Arsenal securing all three points. Walker and Veego are bad loosers, not wanting to shake hands at the end of the game. To be Man city, you need to mark Veego out of the game, as he scores most of their goals.

  5. Yes, it’s a solid midfield but Rice would need to increase his attacking output when Zinchenko comes invert. I would say play the players according to the game and opponents.

    1. That means you know the opponent of the day was not something to mess with so he had to defend more than press

  6. That’s what we have always known. this same midfield made the difference in the community shield game.
    Havertz should play as Saka’s back-up. He’s simply not finding his feet as a central midfielder.

    1. Harvertz plays better as a striker, his hold up play will enable our wingers more room to do some damage to the opposition

  7. Arteta know that, but all he is doing is preserving them for both EPL and champions League,
    What if Partey goes injured, later rice for a long term, what then will be of Arsenal. Same result of last season
    He knows the tactics when to play them, and when to use other alternatives that will yield the same result.
    Moreover, the season is still long, I hope he preserves Partey unlike Timber who is gone 4 months.
    Look at Guardiola tactics, leaving Akanji, Grealish(of last season for Foden), Doku, as well.
    Some players are meant for super sub

  8. I am a die hard Gunner from childhood, I believe in the words of Bent the trio is Partey, Ordegard n Rice while upfront sul be Saka, Jesus n Martinelli then we will be champions.

    1. I honestly think our best front 3 is Gab Mart, Kai H and B. Saka. Jesus should be Saka’s back up and Trossad for Martinelli the Eddie for cup game, UCL though.

  9. Something most of us wanted, since the start of the season. Hope we can finally move on from the experiments and stick to this ideal midfield from now on

  10. This Arsenal team is still cooking. Let’s hope it gets done and ready to be served by the end of the season.
    It’s been so long

  11. So would I!but realistically not possible,we need rotation,resting players….we also play in cups too.i really wished we had bought Diaby.

  12. Interesting that there is little mention of the poor refereeing decisions that allowed Kovacic to stay on.
    It was clearly an important result especially from a psychological perspective. However, it was overall a dour attritional game; both teams adopted a cautious approach.
    We can celebrate because we won but it wasn’t great football from either team.

  13. Hi Guys. I’m Maxine I’m from Dublin I’m 46 and followed Arsenal as my father was big Arsenal fan, unfortunately he passed away 2 years ago but his anniversary was the day we beat Man City which made it an extra special day for me and that’s thanks I think to our trio in MF. Please keep them there,a fantastic win to a fantastic team. Thanks guys ♥️

  14. Unbelievable every player that was selected on the day did well,the hunger for the point was visible.
    My only concern was the keeper,he keeps coming out too much.but in all they played well

  15. Wonderful and refreshing win. We must get Toney nxt to beef up the striking front and Kudus…he is a great guy too

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