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Liverpool send Arsenal Thomas Partey transfer warning following Premier League title race setback

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Liverpool send Arsenal Thomas Partey transfer warning following Premier League title race setback

Manchester United shocked Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford to move above the Reds in the table and claim their first win of the season. 

Arsenal stood by, knowing that any outcome would be beneficial to their campaign goals.

What was noticeable was the absence of both Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho for the first half before coming on at the break, resulting in a significant loss in the middle third. In comparison, Arsenal’s midfield has been outstanding this season.

Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, and Martin Odegaard have shone as a group, assisting Arsenal score nine goals in the first three games.

However, Liverpool’s predicament should send a message to technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta.

The loss of Thiago and Fabinho has had a significant impact on the effectiveness of this Liverpool team. Arsenal experienced the same thing when Partey was injured.

While Mohamed Elneny provided good cover for Partey at the end of last season, and Albert Sambi Lokonga did the same for Granit Xhaka in the first half of the season, there are questions over a longer period of time and across multiple competitions.

With ambitions to finish as high up the table as possible, with the top four an absolute must to demonstrate progression, having a competitive player for Xhaka and Partey should be critical.

However, there is a conflict. Youri Tielemans appears to be the most likely candidate.

If Arsenal makes a signing, it needs to push the quality needle forward, and the Belgian, in my opinion, does not start over Xhaka right now and then fill a spot the Gunners could have filled with someone who genuinely does.

While Arsenal should consider what Liverpool is going through without their key midfielders, they must be careful not to repeat past mistakes and recruit for the sake of recruiting or buy a player that the club could have potentially acquired better.

Edu and Arteta will make the final call before the window closes this summer. There are three possible outcomes.

Either the club will stick with what it has and play a risky game until at least January, or it will change its mind. 

Or they’ll bring in a Tielemans and hope he can prove critics like myself wrong, which I hope he does, or they’ll find a top-tier player, which seems unlikely at this point.

Liverpool send Arsenal Thomas Partey transfer warning following Premier League title race setback

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