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Arsenal fans weren’t too happy with Black Stars head coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor’s advice to midfielder Thomas Partey not to move to the Premier League club.

Speaking on Starr FM on Wednesday night, Akonnor suggested that staying at Atletico Madrid might be the best thing for Partey, as he would be guaranteed Champions League football, unlike at Arsenal.

“Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because, with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play. With Arsenal, I’m not too sure,” Akonnor said.

“I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.”

Akonnor, who knew that his comments would not go down well with Gunners fans, remarking: “Arsenal fans will kill me.”

Thomas Partey

And that has indeed proven to be the case.

Arsenal have been pursuing a deal for the Ghanaian midfielder since January.

The English club are reluctant to pay Partey’s €50m release clause and recently had an offer of £23m plus Matteo Guendouzi rejected by Atletico.


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