Partey will be ‘very important’ for Arsenal, says Aubameyang

October 24, 2020

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes new signing Thomas Partey will be ‘very important’ for the club this season.

Partey joined from Atletico Madrid for £45 million after months of transfer speculation.

He won the man of the match award on Thursday as Arsenal beat Rapid Vienna in the Europa League away from home.

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Speaking about Partey, the forward said: “Thomas has been great since joining the club. He has integrated so well in the squad. He is kind, calm and smiley. On the pitch, we have already seen what he will bring us in matches.

“It is good for some of our younger players as well to have a player like him, of his calibre at training. They will learn a lot from him.

“My family is from Gabon but I also have some roots in Ghana where Thomas is from so we are family too!

“He is so strong physically but yet so good on the ball as well. We didn’t really have a profile like this in our squad before. In terms of ball progression, beating the press, going forward, he will be very important for us.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was effusive in his praise for Partey after the recent win.

He said: “I was really impressed because he looked really confident, he grabbed the game in the most difficult period, he took responsibility. He was really comfortable on the ball, he made a lot of right decisions. He was really strong in the challenges in every transition moment.

“Finding some specificity was in my opinion lacking in the squad, to get the pieces in the right places where everyone is comfortable doing their job that we give them to do. I think we are much more balanced [now].”

Partey will likely start in the Gunners’ Premier League game this weekend. They play Leicester City at home tomorrow at 19:15.

Arsenal currently sit seventh in the table after their first five games.

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