09.10.2020 Football News

Thomas Partey Is The Right Player To End Arsenal's Crisis, Says Ex-Ghana Coach Avram Grant

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
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Former Ghana head coach, Avram Grant believes that Thomas Partey is the right man to fix Arsenal midfield problems.

The midfielder joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid for £45m on transfer deadline day.

The Premier League will be the first league aside from the La Liga that Thomas Partey will be participating in and there are some few people who have doubts that he will quickly adapt.

However, Grant who coached Partey in the Black Stars and is also well experienced when it comes to the Premier League has said that the Arsenal midfielder is the right person to bring much stability to the Gunner’s midfield.

He stressed that Arsenal fans must be patient with Partey in his first few games, because he still has to adapt to the Premier League, and predicted that he will prove to be a ‘good signing’.

“From the first time I watched him, I saw a player who was very strong and good on the ball, who understands the game very well,” Grant told The Sun.

“Even when he was relatively young and inexperienced, he knew what he needed to do in terms of possession and position, how to get in the right place at the right time.

“But he’s also a very good boy, on and off the pitch, with a great character. He wants to do his job and he is very consistent.

“Thomas doesn’t tend to have good days and bad days because you know every match what you will get from him, which is his best for the team.”

The Israeli added: “He likes to be with other people but is a polite boy, quiet most of the time but prepared to say what he thinks when it needs to be said, not shouting but making his point.

“It is good for any manager to have a player like that in his dressing room.

“I’d ask the Arsenal fans to give him a few weeks just to get used to English football, because it is still played differently in the Premier League to anywhere else, even if there are more foreign players now.

"But he will prove a good signing, perfect for what Mikel Arteta is trying to do.

“When you need him to hold the ball up, he can do that and he is a great fit for what Arteta is trying to make his team.

“If you ask him to play wide, he can but it’s not his position.

“He is a central midfielder, who will win the ball and play the right pass forward and can see the pitch, tactically disciplined as well and committed to his team.

“And he will make a big difference to Arsenal, just like he did at Atletico. He is a really good signing, just what they needed.”

Arsenal, with Partey now in contention for a Premier League debut, will return to action after the international break with a testing trip to Manchester City on October 17.

The 27-year-old looks to be the perfect signing for Arsenal, as he is physical enough to break up play but also has great passing ability.

Partey is a proven player at the highest level, and should be exactly what Mikel Arteta has been looking for in his Arsenal midfield.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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