By Kevin Campbell

17th Sep, 2021 | 9:30am

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Kevin Campbell has tipped Thomas Partey to replace Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the Arsenal starting XI this weekend.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker is “100 per cent” sure Partey, 28, should return given his “world-class” ability.

Partey missed the opening three fixtures of the Premier League campaign with an ankle injury and Mikel Arteta’s side lost all three.

He made his return as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday and impressed in his 28 minutes on the field.

Pictures from training this week suggested the centre-midfielder is in contention for his first start of the season at Burnley on Saturday.

Campbell expects Partey to replace Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 24, in the starting XI.

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“Partey has to start, 100 per cent,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“Arsenal are a much better outfit with him in the centre of the midfield.

“I expect to see him and Albert Lokonga dove-tailing that midfield against Burnley.

“It is no disrespect to Ainsley Maitland-Niles because I thought he had a good game on Saturday. But Thomas Partey is world-class as far as I’m concerned.

“We saw the influence a world-class player can have coming off the bench against Norwich so for me, he has to start. He has got to start.

“I would stick with the same team apart from that. I don’t see why not. Let’s go, it’s time to move forward.”

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