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Thomas Partey’s integration behind the scenes at Arsenal detailed by Aubameyang

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hailed Thomas Partey adaption to life at the club following his transfer deadline day deal from Atletico Madrid.

After months of speculation, the Ghana international finally arrived at the Emirates on the final day of the transfer window and on Thursday he made his first start for the club in the Europa League against Rapid Vienna.

And Partey was outstanding in central midfield as he controlled the tempo, recovered the ball and provided a physical presence.

The 27-year-old should keep his place in the starting XI for the clash with Leicester on Sunday.

Thomas Partey was impressive in his first Europa League game for Arsenal after arriving in the summer
(Image: Chris Hofer/Getty Images))

And ahead of the match, Aubameyang says Partey has given the squad something they were lacking.

“Thomas has been great since joining the club,” Aubameyang told Arsenal’s official matchday programme.

The midfielder completed 100 per-cent of his dribbles as he controlled the 2-1 Europa League win over Rapid Vienna
The midfielder completed 100 per-cent of his dribbles as he controlled the 2-1 Europa League win over Rapid Vienna
(Image: 2020 The Arsenal Football Club Plc)

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“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.

“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.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-transfer-news-aubameyang-partey-22902514

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