After simply 4 appearances in an Arsenal shirt, Thomas Partey is already a hero for the Emirates devoted.
He’s had a speedy influence in N7 and his show within the 1-Zero win over Manchester United has acquired tongues wagging.
His very good defensive contributions saved the Pink Devils at bay with three of his 4 profitable tackles of their defensive third, and one halting Paul Pogba on the sting of the penalty space.
Partey, although, isn’t just a defensive midfielder, he’s acquired guile and exact passing and likewise impresed with an efficient exhibiting going ahead.
He had the third most touches of any Arsenal participant (70), progressed the ball 272 yards together with his passing, additional than all however Bernd Leno (448) and Rob Holding (297), and solely Mohamed Elneny (214 yards) and Bukayo Saka (214) progressed additional with the ball at their ft than the Ghanaian (205).
Partey additionally made the joint-most pressures (15) and file two interceptions, with solely Elneny and Saka making extra.
It was some of the well-rounded shows we’ve seen within the Premier League this season and helped his new teammates to a significant win in opposition to considered one of their ‘Huge Six’ rivals.
Reward got here from unbelievable sources too with Manchester United legend Roy Keane believing he may have an analogous influence to Gunners legend Patrick Vieira.
“He was excellent. He’s clearly no mug having performed in huge video games,” the Pink Devils hero stated after the match.
“Whenever you watch a participant reside that’s when you may choose a participant and the extra I have a look at him the extra I want he was within the United midfield. He’s huge, sturdy and aggressive – and he can cross it ahead. He can take care of the ball.
“I had my battles with Vieira and I believe this child has acquired an opportunity of matching what Patrick used to do.”
Vieira’s former teammate at Arsenal, Ray Parlour, has additionally spoken of Partey in glowing phrases and is well-placed to make the identical comparisons.
“He’s an actual, good presence. I don’t suppose they’ve had that in midfield,” he instructed talkSPORT final week.
“I don’t suppose they’ve been cell sufficient, if I’m being trustworthy, over the previous couple of years.
“However he’s that man to actually fill in all of the stops and he’s 6ft 1ins, he’s acquired that presence, he’s acquired the mobility in that midfield space.
“So he had a very good recreation. After they [Rapid Vienna] began flooding folks ahead, making an attempt to get again into the sport, he was the one who simply sat in midfield and made every thing tick. He was very environment friendly.
“It’s a very good begin to his Arsenal profession. However he could possibly be a very huge signing for Arsenal going ahead as a result of they’ve missed somebody like him in that central midfield space for a few years.
“You’ll be able to see he’s acquired all of the attributes to be like a Patrick Vieira. If he will get wherever close to Patrick Vieira, we’ve had a proper consequence as Arsenal followers. They knew precisely what they had been shopping for.”
Ex-Manchester United star Scholes added: “He’s an all-round midfielder.
“You don’t see many gamers like that as of late.
“Midfielders are attacking midfielders or holding midfielders however a midfield gamers’ job is to do every thing.
“You need to contribute with every thing and in the present day he did a superb job in all departments.”
In the meantime, midfield companion Elneny’s efficiency shouldn’t be forgotten both, his urgent in direction of the tip of the win over United pressured a turnover in possession.
His stats had been nearly as spectacular as Partey’s and it’s unbelievable to suppose the Egyptian was out on mortgage with Besiktas final time period.
Such a transfer again into type, and in such an enormous recreation, can solely be an affidavit to supervisor Mikel Arteta’s teaching.