When it comes to ball progression from the midfield, Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey are the two players, who are very good at this art. Some Arsenal fans have been calling on the coach to use the Partey-Lokonga pivot in a match, and I think the Saturday's game against Burnley is the best time to try it out.
When Arsenal Director of Sports, Gaspar was commenting on the summer transfer deals, he said Xhaka and Thomas are the first choice midfield pair, while Lokonga is being brought in to support them. With Granit Xhaka currently suspended for Saturday's trip to Turf Moor, I think we may finally see the partnership we wanted.
In Arsenal's 1-0 win against Norwich City last weekend, Mikel Arteta started Lokonga and Maitland-Niles as the team's double pivot. It was an exciting combination, but it lacked ball progression. Thomas Partey came in, and the game changed entirely. Sambi was excellent in the number 6 role.
He made a good number of progressive plays which created scoring chances. The 21-year-old was the most passed to player by both Ben White and Gabriel (the centre back pairing for the day).
With Xhaka still serving his suspension, Arteta may opt for Partey and Lokonga. If these two players start the game tomorrow, we may likely see many goals in the match.
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