Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tipped to follow Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool example with new star

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta might opt to follow the example set by Jurgen Klopp with his new signings and leave Thomas Partey on the bench against Manchester City tomorrow. That’s the opinion of former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood.

Partey is in line to make his Arsenal debut this weekend after his move from Atletico Madrid last week.

The midfielder became Arsenal’s signature signing of the summer transfer window, setting them back £54million on deadline day.

Partey played in both of Ghana’s games across the international break, providing two assists in Ghana’s 3-0 win over Qatar.

He travelled back to north London this week to link up with his new team-mates, and is believed to be in contention to play this weekend.

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But Sherwood believes the midfielder could end up watching from the bench at the Etihad against City, if Arteta decides to ease him in.

He explained that because of the strict system put in place by the Spanish manager, it might be more beneficial for Partey to watch his first game from the sidelines before potentially coming on.

Sherwood compared the situation to that of Liverpool boss Klopp, and claimed the German boss rarely starts his new players straight away so they have a chance to blend into the team.

When Thiago Alcantara signed for the Reds this summer, he was left on the bench for his first game away at Chelsea, before coming on at half-time to produce a brilliant performance.

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Sherwood said: “[Partey] might need to learn the plan, he might need to wait a little bit.

“Jurgen Klopp does this when he brings signings in, he doesn’t throw them in straight away, he gives them time to look at the situation, the identity of the gameplan, and that’s what Mikel will do with Partey.

“Partey is a massive signing for them. Huge.

“That was a problem area they had, there was a void in the midfield area, and he gives them that thrust and power.

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“I also think a massive thing for Arteta to bring into the football club is [Partey’s] mentality.

“He’s played for Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid, what does he demand? They win 1-0 12 times a season, that’s what they do.

“He’s got that responsibility, he knows he’s reliable, he sticks to the gameplan.

“If there’s any manager in the Premier League at the moment who has a real identity and gameplan, it has to be Arteta.”

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