By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Arsenal’s new signing and Ghanaian solid midfielder, Thomas Partey has not stopped getting praises for his display in his full debut at the Uefa Europa League against Rapid Wien.
After being described as ”Exceptional” by his coach Mikel Arteta, the 27-year-old has been likened by two Arsenal legends; Ray Parlour and Martin Keown as a great talent just like ex-gunners top notch midfielder and legend Patrick Vieira during his full Gunners debut at Allianz Stadion.
While speaking at separate post-match interviews on Thursday, the former Arsenal’s defence marshalls, extolled the qualities of the Ghanian.
‘You can see he has got all the attributes to be like a Patrick Vieira. If he gets anywhere near Patrick Vieira we have had a right result as an Arsenal fan!’
‘They knew what they were buying there – a very strong player that we lacked in that area – but let’s not get carried away, let’s give him a chance.’
‘Let’s wait until we are playing the big sides like Manchester City, Liverpool and see if he can boss midfield then. If he can do it then, then we can say we have got a proper player here.’ Parlour told talkSPORT.
Partey who bossed the midfielder with most passes completed in opp. half (50), most tackles (5), most aerials won (4) and most ball recoveries (8) was also praised by Keown.
‘I think you know when you see a player immediately add that touch of class, who wants to play and makes things happen. He’s so silky smooth, he’s oozed class and been everywhere.’
‘This is where he looks like Vieira for me when he’s travelling with the ball and making things happen.’
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