Should Arsenal start Jorginho or Partey against Luton?

I know we’ve referred to Jorginho as a big-game player, but his performance against Manchester City was not his greatest as a Gunner.

The Italian midfielder was not as influential as he has been in recent weeks, and we did not see him command play. Some even only noticed he was on the pitch during his substitution. I don’t know about you, but I felt Thomas Partey was more influential in his cameo than the former Chelsea midfielder.

I’m looking forward to Wednesday’s game against Luton. I guess the issue is, will Jorginho start? Adrian Clarke’s response to the question reveals that he would not start Jorginho. He explained why on the Handbrake Off podcast: “I think I would change the left-back, and I would bring in Partey for Jorginho. Jorginho didn’t look quite….; he looked tired. I know he came off fairly early, but he had the second-fewest touches in the game.”

Many people believe that making this midfield change would be a sensible decision because it would allow Arteta to finally field a midfield trio consisting of Martin Odegaard, Rice, and Partey — Arsenal’s strongest midfield on paper.

But, while some of us think it could be a good tactical decision, with Luton as aggressive as they are, can Arteta afford to lose his midfield general? Or do you think Arteta should integrate Partey gently so he can gather match fitness for the tougher games ahead?

Darren N


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  1. Jorginho to start, he is in great form and deserves his place, no international minutes so 19 days before Man C, should not be physically or mentally fatigued

    Partey is fresh from long term injury so will take some time to get back up to match speed and 90 minute fitness

    I would like to see Partey come on early in the second half, to give him at least half an hour of pitch time to get him back up to match sharpness

  2. Think this ideal game to rotate
    A gamble but we cant have same players playing every few days
    I would play

    Tomyasu Gabriel Kiwior Zichvenkho
    Partey Joreginho
    Jesus. Trossard Martinelli

    1. Shuffling all the pack at once doesn’t seem very wise. I think Saka wont start because of ongoing issues, Dont see much changed line up this time but expect early substitution.

    2. I like your lineup, but I would start ESR (if fit) in place of Odegaard, and probably switch Saliba for Gabriel at CB. (Gabriel coming off ankle issue).

      Also I would use the subs bench earlier (55 or 60 min) if we have a nice lead, especially using Nelson and maybe even Vieira if possible.

  3. Jorginho is extremely capable, but he’s inconsistent, unfortunately. I’d always start partey over him when fit – far more reliable imo

  4. Jorginho should start in my opinion. Pathey considering his injury concern should be intoduced after 60 minutes to gain more match fitness. Jorginho was involved in int duties I guess he got tired. Because of the agression of Luton I Tomiyasu can play left back while Gabriel is rested and Kiwior play CD with Saliba. Havertz can also be rested for Jesus. But considering the importance of getting to league to again I think Arteta would retain his first 11.

  5. Luton is fighting against relegation. Make no error to minimize the hurt they can cause.
    I will play Partey and Rice. Partey needs match fitness to prepare for Bayern

  6. The gente introduction of the world class player must continues, so continue to start Jorginho ahead of Partey for one reason and one reason only.

    Am growing increasingly confident as the world class player make his timely return.

  7. I suspect Zinchenko will start for Kwior and Saka should certainly be “rested” after his insipid performance against City.Partey will likely be used as a substitute for Jorginho or indeed Rice if we have a 2/3 goal cushion.That does not of course imply that Luton will easily defeated as they have given a very good account of themselves against top six sides this season and deserve a lot of respect.

    1. Absolutely Grandad
      Wholesale changes against a team fighting for its Premier League future is bonkers.

  8. I will make three changes.
    First of all saka out for trossard,
    Then zinchenko to come in for kiwior then i will make an early substitutio around the 55th mins for either of Rice or Odegaard for partey.
    Jorgi to play 99mins

  9. I’d like to see a back line of White, Saliba, Kiwior and Zinny to give Gabriel a break and sub Tomi for White after 60. Midfield of Partey, Rice and Odie to give our best trio some time together and sub off Partey to keep him fresh. Upfront Martinelli, Havertz and Jesus. Martinelli and Jesus both need game time to regain some sharpness but can be subbed after 60 for Trossard and Nelson. We should still keep a strong side and not take Luton too lightly- dropping points against them would be devastating. Rotate and sub to keep an expanded team fresh and sharp, but continue to take it one game at a time. COYG.

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