Arsenal beating Chelsea proves why Yves Bissouma is perfect signing for Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal put in a stoic performance on Wednesday to make it three Premier League wins in a row – and Thomas Partey was back to near his best. The Gunners beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to a calamitous goal gifted to them by the Blues. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took advantage of Jorginho’s wayward back pass and set up Emile Smith Rowe to score the only goal of the game.

Mohamed Elneny was named the man of the match by Sky Sports co-commentator and former Arsenal striker Alan Smith.

It is rare for the Egyptian to be in the same line-up as Partey.

In fact, before Wednesday’s match, the duo had not started together since last November and only once since the 1-0 win at Manchester United earlier that month.

Partey’s first season at Arsenal has been stop-start, mostly due to injury.

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However, his performances have been particularly poor of late, especially in the Europa League semi-final defeat to Villarreal.

It takes time for every player coming from a foreign league to settle.

However, there have been glimpses of quality from Partey and Wednesday was a handy reminder of how good he can be.

The reason? He was playing alongside Elneny. Partey needs a busy midfielder alongside him, willing to go after the ball, allowing him to sit back and do what he does best in front of the back four.

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It is no coincidence that many Arsenal fans view the win at United as Partey’s best performance since joining the club. Elneny was excellent that day, too.

Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka have both played alongside Partey but the former Atletico Madrid man is clearly more effective with Elneny alongside him.

Elneny is not the long-term answer for Arsenal, and that is where Yves Bissouma comes in.

Arsenal are linked with a £30million move for the Brighton midfielder and the deal makes complete sense.

Bissouma is a similar type of midfielder to Elneny and, at 24, can only get better.

Partey has often been calamitous when playing with Ceballos, who himself has had a poor second season on loan at the Emirates.

But if Arteta can secure the right partner for Partey, then he will have gone a long way to finding the right midfield formula to build upon for the next few seasons.

Bissouma can be that player and the Gunners need to do all they can to beat others to the Mali star.

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