Opinion: Does it make sense to play Xhaka, Partey and Elneny together?

Arsenal signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid in the last transfer window.

The Gunners had wanted a new midfielder for a very long time and it was understandable that they pushed and paid his release clause to land him.

He joins the likes of Granit Xhaka and the returning Mohamed Elneny as one of the main midfielders at the Emirates.

The Gunners also have Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos who can be deployed in the middle as well.

Arsenal seems to have found a fine midfield partnership with Partey and Elneny.

Both players have been in fine form recently when they have played together and the match against Manchester United is the perfect reminder of what they can actually do.

Another player that might almost be guaranteed a place in Arsenal’s midfield is Xhaka.

The Swiss midfielder has been reborn under Mikel Arteta and the Spaniard seems to trust him a whole lot.

As things stand, I will not be surprised if Arteta decides to start Elneny, Partey and Xhaka as his preferred midfield combination when all are fit to play, but how much sense does that make?

For me, these players are solid when they play central or defensive midfield, but combining all three of them in a game means we don’t care about creativity and trust me, none of these players is as creative as we need our midfielders to be.

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Tags Granit Xhaka Mohamed Elneny Thomas Partey


          1. To play Partey, Elneny and Xhaka together would be like commiting Hara Kiri. We have a crap midfield as it is….that would be making it grey… beige…..uncreative….useless……boring…..innefective and would make Arteta look stupid.

  1. play 10 men then if you have to play Xhaka. At least there wont be back passes, errors near the penalty box and poor decisions by the remaining 9 outfield players. Give it a try, play with 10 men and nick a point off rather than a loss. That much is my frustration with him.

  2. Play 4-2-3-1 with Pepe behind the striker, Saka + Nketiah on wings, Auba through middle, add Ceballos instead of Elneny.

    Saka Pepe Nketiah
    Ceballos Xhaka
    Tierney Holding Gabriel Maitland Niles


    Saka. Auba. Pepe
    Ceballos. Xhaka Maitland Niles
    Tierney. Gabriel Holding. Bellerin

  3. Saka, Aubameyang, Pepe,

    Xhaka, Partey, Elneny,

    Tierney, Gabriel, Holding, Bellerin,


    I wonder how that midfield would be. It would be a very strong midfield with steel but it will lack creativity.

  4. Dont agree, i think Arteta has identified xhaka as a weak link and he is on the way out of recognition. While he is here xhaka will be behind Elnenny and Partey, with willock maybe pushing himself in there as well. Xhaka will be like the red cross, their for injuries.

  5. it makes sense but for tougher games, Games where Arsenal is gonna sit back and defend. but against teams that we would sit back against us we need the extra threat of an attacking midfielder (Willock, Dani, Emile, William that order)

  6. All our very own Mr David Moyes needs is Felleni. Then we will be back to our very best. We though MA to be some sort of manager made in pep and wenger’s image but it turns out he is just another sh*t David Moyes.

  7. Only if MA still favour playing with 3 defenders.

    Maybe 3 -3 – 4

    with Saka and Pepe being more dynamics forward and behind Auba with Willock or Nelson or Willian taking care of the last position. However, I can’t see why we need to start with these 3 while 2 of them can take good care of the backside while we need to put some playmakers or players that can move without the ball behind the strikers like Nelson, Saka, Pepe and Willock.
    That’s why I would rather play 4-5-1 or 3-6-1

  8. The joy of watching those three playing together would kill me. Partey is our saviour but flanked by the other two? I really can’t find the words to describe the boredom and futility of watching 90 minutes of non stop sideways and backwards passing.

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