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‘Didn’t have a profile like this’ – Aubameyang follows David Luiz in heaping praise on Arsenal new boy Partey


Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has today moved to lavish praise on new teammate Thomas Partey.

Partey arrives

The major talking point at the Emirates throughout the recently-closed transfer window of course surrounded the club’s chase of reinforcements in the middle of the park.

Over the course of the summer, a whole host of midfield stars were linked with a move to north London.

Chief among these, over lengthy stretches, meanwhile, were Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid standout Thomas Partey.

In the end, having proven frustrated in their pursuit of the former, Arsenal opted to bring in Ghanaian international Partey, to add some much-needed presence to Mikel Arteta’s midfield ranks.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal talks to Thomas Partey of Arsenal before making his debut during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal talks to Thomas Partey of Arsenal before making his debut during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

And the 27-year-old has certainly not taken long in making his presence felt with the Gunners.

Partey’s full debut, during a Europa League meeting with Austrian giants Rapid Wien on Thursday night, saw the former Atletico Madrid man dazzle, en route to Man of the Match honours:

‘Very important for us’

One individual quick to lavish praise on Partey on the back of his display versus Rapid, meanwhile, was David Luiz.

Speaking in the aftermath of Arsenal’s comeback victory, the Brazilian stopper explained:

‘He is a great player and I’m so happy he joined us.’

‘It is a pleasure for me to see players like that, playing off the ball and trying to manage the game. I think he did very well.’

And, as outlined above, another key member of the Gunners’ squad has since followed suit in revealing his admiration for Partey.

The player in question? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

During an interview with Arsenal’s official matchday programme ahead of the club’s meeting with Leicester, Auba was keen to highlight the unique ‘profile’ which his new teammate has introduced to Mikel Arteta’s squad:

‘He has integrated so well in the squad.’

‘He is kind, calm and smiley. On the pitch, we have seen already seen what he will bring us in matches.’

‘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.’

The Gunners captain also pointed towards the positive impact he feels Partey is set to have on some of the younger talents currently plying their trade at the Emirates:

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

‘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.’

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