Ghana international Thomas Partey has opened up on losing his place to the Italian international in the Arsenal team in the ongoing season’s campaign.
The 29-year-old has addressed his selection battle with Jorginho, as competition for places ensures no one in the squad can “sleep” on their spot in the team.
Partey has played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s title charge this season and they trail leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand, by one point with three matches to go.
Jorginho, however, has started ahead of Partey for the last two matches and will hope to keep his place for Sunday’s game against Brighton after his Man-of-the-Match outing at Newcastle last week.
Partey believes that proves how anyone in the squad is ready to step up and make an impact as Arsenal bid to win a first Premier League title since 2004.
“For me, it is something that always happened. I have always had competition, which is good for me. I enjoy it,” Partey told Standard Sports ahead of Sunday’s match with Brighton.
“I am really happy for him [Jorginho] because for a couple of weeks he was the best at training and then at the end you see that in the game.
“I am really happy for him and also happy that every player is ready to step in, so nobody is able to sleep. I think it is good and I hope everyone in that position will be ready to step in when they have the chance.
“The purpose of the club is to create competition and that helps the club to grow more, and also pushes us to be able to give our best in the game.
“I think it is good. Anytime you have good competition, with no problems, it is the best way to achieve what you want to achieve. This is easy because everyone is ready to give their best.”
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