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Thomas Partey has admitted his first season in English football hasn’t gone completely to plan since his move to Arsenal.

The Ghana international was a £45million signing from Atletico Madrid at the end of last year’s summer window.

And despite impressing at times, the midfielder has been left frustrated by a number of injury issues.

In total, Partey made just 24 appearances in a Premier League season which saw the Gunners miss out on European football for the first time in a quarter of a century.

“Well I think everybody has seen it, there’s been ups and downs,” the Arsenal star said of his first season in England.

Thomas Partey has opened up on his first season at Arsenal

“We’ve had good times and bad times, but this is my first season and I think I had to adapt to how they play, get used to my teammates.

“I think now I’m getting used to them and I know with hard work everything will be okay for the next season.

“Of course, it’s not easy. The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world and if you want to be there you have to be able to do everything well.

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"So I like this challenge and I’m ready to do everything.”

Arguably Partey’s most controversial moment came in the north London derby against Tottenham in December, when the 28-year-old appeared to be pushed back on the field of play by manager Mikel Arteta.

The incident occurred as Spurs countered to make it 2-0, with Partey pulling up lame shortly after.

However, he has claimed that incident was misconstrued, hinting there were no ill feelings about Arteta’s role in his calf injury

He said: “Well I think people misunderstood that situation.

“I remember when I first took the ball from one of the Spurs players and then I felt my calf, and then I was walking straight to the bench.

Arteta appeared to push an injured Partey back onto the pitch during the derby with Tottenham
(Image: SkySports)

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“And then I didn’t know what happened, I saw them attacking us.

“Arteta did not push me. I tried to run back to try and save the situation but I could not because it was very painful. And then the media took it and everything went viral.”

Partey believes his injury troubles are now behind him however, adding: “When you see the last few games I was able to play more than 70 minutes, some matches 90 minutes. So I think I’m feeling good.”