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Arsenal were lacking in key areas before Thomas Partey deal explains Aubameyang

Arsenal were lacking in key areas before they signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

That is the opinion of their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has raved over both the ability and the personality of the combative midfielder following his full debut on Thursday.

Mikel Arteta named the Ghana international in his starting XI for the Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna, and his performance was described as one of the best debuts Owen Hargreaves had even seen.

Aubameyang has now detailed what makes Partey so special, and how he is already making a difference.

Thomas Partey looks set to play a key role under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal
Thomas Partey looks set to play a key role under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal
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In a chat with the Arsenal matchday programme, he said: ”Thomas has been great since joining the club.

“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.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played against Thomas Partey in 2018
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played against Thomas Partey in 2018
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“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.

“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.”

Thomas Partey made his first Arsenal start in the Europa League
Thomas Partey made his first Arsenal start in the Europa League
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After Hargreaves had said: “He can play every pass. Play it long, play it short, put it on a plate.

“Just to finish it off, he’s got a bit of magic as well from the edge of the box.

“We’ve seen the defensive side which is what he’s going to bring, the long range passing, and the shooting from distance to get goals.

“He’s the perfect modern midfield player. Arsenal have got a lot of really good players but I think this guy is going to improve them and make them a different side.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-thomas-partey-key-areas-22896665

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