Thomas Partey and Nketiah to Start vs Man City – Arteta Drop Huge Hint

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta discussed Saturday’s game against his former side Manchester City, with the boss dropping a huge hint of Thomas Partey being involved in the crucial clash.

Arteta also gave a hint on the involvement of in-form striker Eddie Nketiah, following his red-hot form in recent weeks.

on playing Manchester City (again)…
It’s Manchester City and Liverpool I think [that we seem to play a lot]. It’s getting really tough, the fixtures that we have coming up in the next few weeks as well will be really difficult. We know the opponent we are facing. We all know the level that we have to be at individually and collectively to beat them. We haven’t had much time to prepare the game because today is our first training session all together but we will try to go to Manchester to win the game.

on the possibility of seeing Kevin De Bruyne v Thomas Partey on Saturday…
Let’s see. He needs to do a training session today first. We’ll see how he goes in the next 48 hours and then we’ll make a decision as to whether he plays or not.

on Eddie Nketiah and whether he’s close to being a starter…
Well, he’s very close because he’s already challenging everybody every week, whether he’s starting or not. I always have no doubts with him because of the way he trains and performs, his goalscoring record is getting better and better every week. He’s evolving the right way and this is what we need, players challenging and knocking on the door to become starters for us.

on if he said we’re not at the level to beat Manchester City…
No. I said we have to be at a really top level individually and collectively to beat them.

on the two sides being close in the league…
Well, our ambition is to go there and to try and beat them again. We know the challenge, we know how hard it is. Every detail, every individual performance has to be top and we have to control a lot of aspects of the game. They might be very different to the ones we have to control against  Sheffield United but we have to be able to adapt as a team when we face this type of opposition.