Arsenal midfielder, Thomas Partey can be the new Patrick Vieira at the club, Ray Parlour has said.
Ray recently revealed that he is expecting big things from the 27-year-old midfielder this season because he is a top player.
According to him, he is looking forward to watching him play the same effective football fans loved him for at Atletico Madrid.
He added that Thomas Partey was the signing of the transfer window and it was tremendous business by Arsenal.
His words, “I’m really looking forward to seeing Partey. They haven’t got the energy in that midfield and Partey will bring that,”
“I’ve seen him play quite a few times for Atletico and he’s very effective.
“I’m really looking forward to see how he copes in the Premier League as well. Hopefully he’s going to play a major part if there is any success moving forward for Arsenal, trying to get in that top four.
“I think Arteta highlighted him early and said he’s the sort of player we need in that midfield area, because they are a bit lightweight at times in central midfield. I know it’s very difficult to get a replacement of Patrick Vieira, but they’ve not really got someone like him and I think Partey could be close to being as good as Patrick.”
“Thomas Partey was the signing of the transfer window,”
“For Arsenal to get him for £45m is tremendous business – Arsenal almost went in with balaclavas on and stole him!
“Atletico Madrid dropped the ball by only having a £45m release clause, he is a player that is a lot better than £45m in this current market, but that was the release cause and Arsenal met it and they have their man.
“It is a key position for the club, he is moving into his prime and he will spend those years at the football club, so he is someone that the club can build around in midfield.”