Thomas Partey admits he has struggled to adapt to Arsenal tactics since transfer after Rio Ferdinand blast

THOMAS PARTEY admits he struggled with Arsenal's tactics – a day after Rio Ferdinand slammed his fitness record.

Ghana midfielder Partey has started just 10 Premier League games since his £45million summer arrival from Atletico Madrid.

But ahead of Thursday's Europa League last-16 first-leg tie at Olympiacos, the 27-year-old insists he has shaken off his "difficult moment" with injuries and "adaptation".

Partey has been frustrated by thigh, hip and hamstring injuries.

But he said: "Yes, it was a difficult moment to get used to how the team play and I think the injuries are part of the adaptation. Now I feel good.

"I'm doing all the necessary ways to be able to be more fit and to be able to play more games.' 

Manchester United and England legend Ferdinand claimed earlier this week that Gunners' boss Mikel Arteta "can't trust" his players and so "must look at that squad like a promiscuous girlfriend".

And of Partey he told his Vibe with FIVE YouTube series: "That's another one, he's never fit.

"He keeps coming back and breaking down!

"They've got good players there but for some reason, I don't know what's happening, it just isn't coming together consistently at the moment."

But whatever Arsenal's issues, Partey claims team spirit is not one of them.

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Partey said: "I think he's a great player. 

"We all know he works hard for the club he works hard for the mates when he's on the pitch. 

'We have to keep raising each other keep, fighting for each other and that's how we are going to have a good game and win matches."

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