Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will tell his new £45million signing Thomas Partey to keep Bruno Fernandes quiet when they travel to face Manchester United at Old Trafford today, according to Danny Murphy.
Arsenal will be facing a United side in top form at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have recovered from their horrific start to the season and have started to put in some solid performances.
They kick-started their good run of form by beating Newcastle United away 4-1, before wins over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.
Tuesday’s win over Leipzig saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hand Donny van de Beek a start, with Fernandes resigned to the bench.
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The Portuguese ace has been ever-present this season, having started all five of their league games and their Champions League clash with PSG.
But against Leipzig he was left on the bench as Solskjaer looked to rest the attacker for today’s game.
And Murphy believes he’ll have a tough ask ahead of him, as Partey will most likely be tasked with keeping him quiet.
The Arsenal ace, who cost £45m from Atletico Madrid, is known for his defensive ability having played under Diego Simeone at the Wanda Metropolitano.
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And Murphy believes he’ll be told he has to keep Fernandes deep in the pitch, because he’ll know how dangerous the midfielder can be the closer he gets to the goal.
He wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: “It’s been a good response by United to that thumping embarrassment against Tottenham.
“Good wins away at Newcastle and PSG and clean sheets against Chelsea and RB Leipzig suggests they are finding the balance between staying solid and carrying a goal threat.
“Bruno Fernandes is the danger man. His pass against Leipzig for Rashford’s first goal was fantastic and I’m sure Arteta will give his new £45million signing Partey the responsibility of keeping Fernandes quiet.
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“I watched Partey at Atletico Madrid, he’s disciplined and you can tell he’s been coached by Diego Simeone.
“Besides being a good passer, he senses danger when the opposition is moving forward.
“United will have plenty of the ball this afternoon and Arsenal will want to condense the space.
“They know the deeper Bruno goes, the less threat he is to Bernd Leno in their goal. Partey is key figure in their strategy.”
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