Arsenal’s former star has praised Thomas Partey’s performance.
, who joined theGunners
from Atletico Madrid with a £45 million deal, has been praised by the club’s former player Gilberto.
Here is what Gilberto toldAstro SuperSport
when he was asked if Partey could be his best replacement since he left the Gunners:
"I guess so. In my opinion, I agree with you.
"He’s a good player. He’s the type of player Arsenal were missing, I’ve spoken a couple of times about it.
"They have good players in the [central midfield] position but not to sit and give Arsenal the stability they have.
"Look at the game [against Spurs] it was great to see how he managed his game, how he managed that position, helping [team-mates].
"You know what is very important about this particular position? This is a very particular position because not every time you get the credit you deserve.
"That’s okay, it’s fine, because you have to understand that. But this guy, when he understands the position like Partey, look at his game. He made the others a lot better.”
Despite his struggles with fitness issues since his arrival, he had a positive impact in the Gunners Sunday win against Tottenham, which has made Gilberto praise his influence on the likes of Granit Xhaka.
"He makes Xhaka look better in the game, he made the defenders look a lot better and comfortable when the ball was against them.
"I think the way he manages games, the way he positions himself, is very important for Arsenal. He is the kind of player Arsenal have needed for quite a long time in my opinion."
Partey has made 21 appearances since his arrival for the Gunners in all competitions and has not scored any goals, but he has shown his quality in the derby, which was an important clash for them. He also had an important role in his side’s win against Manchester United’s victory earlier this season.
The Ghanaian international’s physical style has been a key element for the Gunners, who needed such a player in their midfield for a long time.