There’s lots of talk about how AFCON 2021 will negatively impact Liverpool due to the loss of Mané, Salah, and Keita (to a lesser extent), and although that is obviously true, Arsenal fans will realise the importance of Partey to their overall game when he is gone. Elneny is gone too.
It is something that Arteta will have to consider. Elneny is the ideal stylistic replacement for Partey, and without both of them, Arsenal have problems. Xhaka won’t excel there because it requires a player who operates at all angles, Albert Lokonga could but it’s a massive responsibility.