Arsenal supporters have expressed their displeasure after crocked Thomas Partey was named in Ghana squad for the upcoming international friendly matches against Brazil and Nicaragua.
The 29-year-old has been included in the 29-man squad for the two matches against the South American sides with some offering online casino cashback claiming he would suffer another injury setback.
Partey sustainedÂ a thigh injury he picked up in training before Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Fulham at the Emirates Stadium on August 27.
He was absent again for the trip to Old Trafford as Arsenal suffered their first defeat of the season.
Partey, who joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid in 2020 has struggled with injuries and last season, he missed the season run in which saw Arsenal miss out on a Champions League spot as they finished fifth on the table.
Below are reactions from fans:
“Thomas Partey goes no where he’s not fit enough, Ghana should wait for World Cup,” Simon Blizz opened the debate on Facebook while Samson John Nicholas opined: “He shouldn’t be allowed to go play friendlies that are absolutely pointless.
“The guy can’t even stay fit for his club that pays his wages and costs us big time.”
“He should sit out and prove to his club that he is serious,” wrote Nicolas Lopez while adding: “International friendly doesnâ€™t mean anything compared to what Arsenal are trying to do this year.”
Paulson said: “Last time he went on International duty, he came back unfit and got injured hence messing up Arsenal’s top four chances.
“I would refuse to let him leave and let him recuperate and get proper fit.”
Ugo Chukwu said: “If I were Arsenal, if he accepts and play for Ghana and he got another injury then Ghana FA will be paying him his wages.”
“With his consistent injury record Ghana will do themselves good to plan without him because he gets injured while asleep,” explained Chigozie Anagara, adding: “Truth be said he might not be available for the World Cup based on how he can hardly stay fit for one full month.”
Lewee Lewis added: “Arsenal should deny him the chance of playing for Ghana till around October. This guy’s absence has costed us a lot starting with loss to Man United the other day.”
Lewis continued: “He should concentrate on getting back to full fitness and playing for the club that does pay his wages.”
“Ghana has done nothing wrong. He is a Ghanaian and has a duty to perform for his country,” Daka said while adding: “His country is the reason why he is going to play at the World Cup.”
Ghana will play two matches in the September window as part of preparations towards the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 finals in November/December.
Ghana will play Brazil on Friday, September 23, at Stade Oceane in Le Harve- France before taking on Nicaragua at Estadio Francisco Artes Carrasco in Lorca, Spain on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.