Mikel Arteta’s Thomas Partey plans, William Saliba loan and future transfers – Arsenal Q&A live

Good evening and welcome to our latest Arsenal Q&A with club writer Art de Roche.

Halfway through the international break, Mikel Arteta will be relatively pleased with the way Arsenal have begun the 2020/21 season.

In the Premier League, three wins from four sees the Gunners sitting in fourth as things stand. Alongside this, wins over Leicester City and Liverpool in the Carabao Cup mean the chances of lifting silverware this term have been boosted somewhat.

Consistency in regard to performance level matching results will be what the Spaniard is looking for when club football returns, however, and his transfer business late in the window can go a long way to ensuring that is indeed the case.

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Adding Thomas Partey to the mix, Arteta and techincal director Edu Gaspar secured one of their top targets from the summer window. His arrival will give the team more flexibility in a tactical sense as the manager has admitted Arsenal are more likely to use different formations following the arrival of the 27-year-old.

The past three and a half months has seen fans become very familiar with a 3-4-3 where the majority of attacks are geared down the left flank. Partey, however, could see a return to the 4-3-3 that was trialled against Manchester City and Brighton just after the restart in June.

“We identified him [Partey] a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the squad, you know more about where you think you can improve it,” Arteta told

“We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and positional options that he can give to the team.

“I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a…