Arteta explains why Partey didn't start against Man City

Arteta explains why Partey didn't start against Man City

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has explained his decision not to start new signing Thomas Partey against Manchester City on Saturday evening.  

The Ghanaian arrived at the London club on Tuesday and made his debut in the latter stages of the 1-0 loss at the Etihad. 

Speaking after the match, Arteta indicated he wanted to give the midfielder some time to adjust to his new surroundings. 

"Yes, we will see how quickly we can make it with him," said Arteta.

"I think we have to respect that process and that timing for him because he only trained for a day really and there’s a lot of new information and different game models for him to understand, and we have to respect that.

"But I think when he came on he looked good."

A Raheem Sterling goal was all the Manchester club needed to win the closely contested match and condemn the Gunners to their second defeat of the season. 

The London club's attention now shifts to the Europa League, where they play Rapid Vienna on Thursday night. 

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