Arsenal Captain and Gabon International, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has heaped massive praise on Ghana’s Thomas Partey following the midfielder’s explosive start to life in London after just a game and half.
The 27-year-old former Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder is a transfer deadline day purchase from the Spanish club after his £45m release clause was paid by the Gunners.
Aubameyang has been one of the guys in the Arsenal dressing room that has given the former Tema Youth player a warm welcome, per videos seen on social media.
The 31-year-old attacker said Partey is a different kind of defensive midfielder, who combines his defensive work so well as he contributes in attack.
He also disclosed he has some Ghanaian roots as his new teammate Partey and therefore, are a family.
“Thomas has been great since joining the club,” Aubameyang told the official matchday programme. “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.”
Partey made his Premier League debut in last two week’s Arsenal 1-0 defeat to Man City as a late substitute.
He was handed his full Arsenal debut in their two-one Europa League win against Rapid Vienna last Thursday, where he was adjudged Arsenal’s man of the match.
The Black Stars deputy captain is expected to make his full Premier League bow when Arsenal welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium today at 7:15 PM.