Ray Parlour believes Thomas Partey has ‘all of the attributes’ to emulate Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.
The £45million signing from Atletico Madrid impressed on his full Gunners debut in Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League win over Speedy Vienna.
Parlour performed alongside Vieira – broadly recognised as one of many Premier League’s most dominant midfielders – from 1996 to 2004 at Arsenal, and insists his former membership have been lacking a participant like Partey for years.
The ex-England midfielder instructed talkSPORT: “He’s an actual, good presence. I don’t assume they’ve had that in midfield.
“I don’t assume they’ve been cellular sufficient, if I’m being trustworthy, over the previous few years.
“However he’s that man to actually fill in all of the stops and he’s 6ft 1ins, he’s obtained that presence, he’s obtained the mobility in that midfield space.
“So he had a very good sport. Once they [Rapid Vienna] began flooding individuals ahead, making an attempt to get again into the sport, he was the one who simply sat in midfield and made every little thing tick. He was very environment friendly.
“It’s a very good begin to his Arsenal profession. However he could possibly be a very massive 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 possibly can see he’s obtained all of the attributes to be like a Patrick Vieira. If he will get wherever close to Patrick Vieira, we’ve had a proper outcome as Arsenal followers. They knew precisely what they have been shopping for.”
Regardless of Partey’s encouraging begin in an Arsenal shirt, Parlour just isn’t getting carried away.
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He added: “He’s a really, very sturdy participant, which we’ve most likely lacked in that midfield space. However let’s not get carried away.
“Let’s wait till we’re enjoying the large sides like Manchester City, Liverpool and see how he can boss the midfield then.
“If he can do it there then we will say we’ve obtained a correct participant right here.”