Arsenal legend Ian Wright says he is delighted at seeing Thomas Partey signing for his former club.
Partey joined Arsenal on transfer deadline day earlier this month in a deal worth around £45m. The 27-year-old took his first training on Thursday as the Gunners prepare to take on Manchester City on Saturday evening in a Premier League encounter.
Wright says he is delighted with Partey's signature and believes the Ghanian will boost Arsenal's midfield.
"I think when you look at the Thomas Partey signing, it’s the kind of signing where that’s who we wanted," he told Metro.
"We’re not talking about a midfielder where people may feel is just a stopper and a destroyer and then pass the ball to the next man. This guy can progress the ball. And the problem that Arsenal have had is that, as well as Dani Ceballos, can play on the ball and as well as [Granit] Xhaka produces nice passes, they don’t progress it. And that’s what Thomas Partey will do."
"He’ll get the ball into nice areas, he can run with the ball and pass the ball and hopefully he can activate the right-hand side just as much as Arsenal’s left-hand side."
"What Mikel Arteta wants to do – and, yes, they do play to play counter-attacking because at the end of the day we have to stay deep because we’ve got the pace up front to hurt teams – but now you get a midfielder where we can say: ‘If we win it, we can be a little more constructive’."
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