Why Tavares got angry with Leno as Saka and Smith Rowe silence their critics for Arsenal

Partey-ing too hard?

was no surprise when Mikel Arteta made 10 changes to his Arsenal side for their Carabao Cup clash against AFC Wimbledon from the side that beat Burnley.

What was a shock though, was that Thomas Partey was the only player to keep his place from the weekend’s win.

The Ghanaian is undoubtedly Arsenal’s best midfielder but frustratingly in his time at North London, the amount of time he has spent on the injury table has meant we have rarely got to see this in action.

As a result most are opting for the approach of wrapping him in cotton wool for games of perceived lesser importance such as Wednesday night’s clash, meaning there was considerable uproar when he was selected.