Arsenal had two big wishes in the last transfer window. They achieved one (Thomas Partey), the other did not (Houssem Aouar). But even this first one was enough to provoke euphoria. The very way in which Arsenal hired the Partey on the last day of the transfer window, half an hour before the closing of the market, by paying a buyout clause to Atletico in the amount of 50,000.00 euros, was enough for euphoria among Arsenal fans.
And she is now even more inflamed after what the Partey offers on the field. Last night, Partey was the starter in the Gunners jersey against Rapid in the Europa League for the first time last night, and he left a great impression.
"He looked really good and comfortable. I think he kept the middle of the field in the second half when we opened more space, created chances and attacked the space with more players. He was fantastic, and obviously he will give us a lot more.
He also needs the help of his teammates because he can't do it alone." "Because of the price we paid for him and the style of play, he will be under a special scrutiny of the public in every game," said coach Mikel Arteta after the match.
Keown on Partey
Former English national team players agree with Arteta's grades, and today they are expert consultants on television: Owen Hargreaves and Martin Keown "As soon as you see him, you feel how much class he has brought to the team.
He wants to play and change things on the field. He is very intelligent and has him everywhere on the field. It reminds me of Patrick Vieira because of the way he passes the ball and builds actions ", said Martin Keown. Owen Hargreaves agrees.
"When you look at this guy, it seems easy. He shared the balls as if he were the head of the team. This is one of the best debuts I've seen in recent times. " It should be taken into account that this is Rapid Vienna, but this does not diminish the fantastic game of Partey, which already shows at the beginning how much it will mean to a team like Arsenal.
For a long time, Arsenal lacked a midfielder like Partey who is doing his job on the field like a lion. If he doesn't get injured and if he is mentally focused on football, he will have a nice career at historical London soccer club.