Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is okay with fighting for his spot in manager Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.
The Ghanaian international has refused to be downcast over losing his spot in midfield to January signing Jorginho.
The Italian international has started the recent games against Newcastle United and Chelsea. Partey came on a substitute in both matches.
Partey had previously been an influential figure in the Gunners’ midfield. The 29-year-old helped them to the top of the table with his excellent performances.
However, Arsenal dropped points against West Ham United, Manchester City, Southampton and Liverpool, and Partey was dropped.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Partey said: “The competition is very good as anytime you do not do well, someone can take your place.
“It pushes every player to be on top. I think you have more chance of getting the best out of every player with rotation. I believe it’s part of the game.
“We have to stick together and put our minds on one objective.
“In football, you have to always be ready to be at the top. I think the mentality of this squad is that we have to try and finish as high as possible.
“We have to get better and push ourselves to get the best out of each other. That will make the team stronger, and keep fighting for everything that we want.”
Partey urged his teammates to focus on their qualities as they prepare to face Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.
They are now chasing Manchester City in the Premier League and are hoping for a slip-up from Pep Guardiola’s team.
Arsenal will be gunning for three points against the Seagulls to fulfil their part.
However, Partey warned his teammates to be wary of a Brighton team trying to respond following their 5-1 loss to Everton.
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