Why is no-one suggesting Thomas Partey as Arsenal captain?

Is Partey Ripe to be Arsenal captain for next season? by Abuchi

Arsenal are not currently blessed with many world class experienced players. Even though Arsenal is now working on forming a strong team to play next season’s campaigns which might include the Champions league. The current captain Alexander Lacazette might be leaving on contract expiry this summer, and the armband needs a successor.

There are many huge characters in the dressing room who we can all argue that few of them have what it takes to captain Arsenal.

Players like Xhaka, Odegaard, White, Gabriel, Ramsdale and Tierney have been tipped to be Arsenal captain for next season by some of our fans, but to my surprise overy few have been talking about Partey as our potential captain.

As we have seen on a few occasions against the best teams, the pressure could be too much for the young guns and adding the captain’s burden to any of those young players could be a step just too much at their current stage of development. Partey has been performing great and even against the best teams he has bossed the midfield and never hidden. He is also at the right age and experience to handle such pressure.

Thomas Partey has been excellent for Arsenal this season and is certainly Mikel Arteta’s best central midfielder. It could also be argued that he is in the bracket for the best central midfielders in Europe. This is proven by the fact that the Ghanaian has the third-best dribble success rate in Europe’s top five leagues this season. Only Marco Verratti and Frankie De Jong have scored higher than Partey in that category.

Partey delivers his promises. Speaking after the defeat to Manchester United, he said: “The team is improving, each and every one is doing our best. For me, I have to keep on doing my best, keep trying, keep improving, try to come back to my best, because the team needs me, the team needs us”. Since then, his excellent work in the midfield is seen every match day.

He is an important piece in Arsenal’s win puzzle. His absence was clear in January when he went to play at the African Cup of Nations, as the Gunners failed to win a single game during the month he was absent.

The Ghanaian is more experienced than most of his teammates. The 28 year old is older compared to most of the young talents who certainly will be looking up to him for guidance. The defensive midfielder plays a strategic central point in the field that can help him guide every player on the pitch.

He gets my vote for captain. Who agrees?


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  1. He is currently our best central midfielder, but I’m not sure about his influence in the dressing room

    According to WhoScored, the best dribble success rate of the central midfielders in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season (40+ dribbles attempted):

    Marco Verratti – 86%
    Frenkie de Jong – 85.7%
    Thomas Partey – 81%

  2. I have actually suggested this on another platform on social media
    But I got Laughing emojis

    1. Who is better placed to handle the pressure and is an irreplaceable member of the 1st team squad

  3. It’s better to give captaincy to Thomas but the little things is favour.
    we need favour from Referee officiating so for me try to influence one of England player as captain

    1. Very interesting
      Never really took this into consideration.

      If I was to go solely on Zaharadden suggestion Ramsdale, would be perfect.
      But I do note this very interesting observation

  4. We are spoiled for choice. Partey would be excellent but so would a few others. My guess is that Mikel will go for someone younger who the new generation of players can gel around. Tierney and Odegaard have the quality, Ramsdale too but a keeper captain is not ideal. I think it will be Ben White, he has organized the defence well and is the one player Mikel hates to leave out. He did shifts in important cup games when others were gifted a rest.

    Although, personally I am not too bothered, for once we have loads of decent candidates

    1. Has Ben White organised the defence or is that down to Gabriel or ramsdale (or a combination)? They look a good unit, but i don’t know that I’d give all the credit to white for that one.
      Ramsdale for me – it’s clear the effect he has on the team, his position doesn’t matter

  5. Partey is excellent no doubt, but I havent seen him communicating, mobilising and galvanising the team when the chips are down. Players like Ramsdale, Tierney and Odegaard take the team onus on them to push forward when the team is down. Partey is no doubt a class player whose quality is unquestionable, but would benefit from not being given the additional burden of Captaincy whilst he keeps on giving world class performances for Arsenal. My candidate for Captaincy is Tierney, hes got everything, a solid player, always alert, has got the motivating ability and is vocal. All this in case Laca leaves, which by the look of it seems unlikely. In case Laca stays on he surely continues as Captain.

  6. Partey does not look like a leader. He seems like the type that just wants to get on with his own game. I have yet to see him organising his teammates or be very vocal. The likes of Laca, Odegaard, Ramsdale, Tierney etc seem to encourage their teammates in the pitch, will complain to the ref if one of our players is fouled etc..

    Partey seem to be a very reserved pack member but not a leader.. He could give me a surprise if given the captaincy like He has surprised me with his amazing performances for these past few months. I had written him off as another big money player that had gone the underwhelming / disappointing route.

    1. He captains his national team. And scored their only goal that booked their place in the world cup.
      In their last match, I saw how commanding he was

  7. Nah, Atleast not yet for captain

    Three years ago I was telling my neighbor that Partey is the best defensive midfielder in world we were even comparing him against Verratti and I gave him the edge.
    My position still haven’t change.

    A towering strength a commanding presence very imposing when he gets going he is a marquee player without a doubt, he is just starting to show us that now on a consistent basis.

    He coukd be unplayable with a player like Fabian Ruiz beside him, I understand clearly when the gaffer tries to sign Locattelli, to play beside him.

    As Partey returns to his best, there is no need to rush him into captaincy, natural born leaders like Odegaard is perfect when such an opportunity arises.

    1. You mean Odegaard who flops in big games?

      He’s perfect against mid table and lower teams. He can’t be a captain.

      Party showed his leadership in Nigeria v Ghana World Cup decider

  8. Partey is not the captain you’d want at Arsenal …. KT maybe. Partey isn’t even captain of Ghana, Ayew is but was suspended for the game… If you ask me I’d choose Kieran any day any time

    1. Earlier in the season people were clamouring for Teveras to be playing ahead of Tierney how he is the definition of a modern left back..
      I think Partey is the only irreplaceable member of the squad from the day he arrived. He is of the right age and is one of the best in his position and is intelligent. If xhaka can captain arsenal why can’t Partey?

      1. Xhaka is very vocal.
        And seems to command the respect of his own teammates.
        His teammates voted him to be captain.

  9. Arteta is captaining us from the sidelines, he is most vocal and he directs players often

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