Thomas Partey has instilled belief in the Arsenal supporters.
Facing a half-season at least with only a small handful of central midfielders, his 11th hour signing was the boost Arsenal sorely needed ahead of a pivotal campaign in the club’s history.
All that hype was justified on his first start for the club, and since then he’s continued to impress in the heart of midfield with a skill set unique to that which the rest of the squad possess.
Thomas Partey has been a breath of fresh air, one that looks set to remain prevalent in the coming years of his Arsenal tenure. Here is his quarterly report card, no matter how brief his spell has been.
It really took only a few minutes for supporters to get a first hand glance of his majestic talent. On the ball he’s the best option, without the ball he’s the most dependable and in regards to mobility in that area of the pitch, he’s unmatched.
Players of his ilk don’t require bedding in periods. It’s helped by his age and experience, but when you’re an exceptional operator, your talent ensures you can adapt to all manner of tactics or teammates.
Getting injured so early into his Arsenal career? Hardly any fault of his own, tweaking his thigh less than ten minutes into the Aston Villa game is slight cause for concern. Again, we don’t yet know whether that will rule him out of the Leeds clash, so we mustn’t jump the gun.
His injury record has been exemplary for Atletico Madrid, thus it could be the Arsenal curse striking again. Whatever modicum of hope there is of securing a top four berth is nonexistent without Partey. Simple as that.
Picking up a knock isn’t his fault, hence why ‘The Bad’ section is mostly irrelevant for the Ghanaian.
Best Moment – Sparkling Full Debut
Partey’s best game was at Old Trafford, but the smiles adorned across Arsenal faced worldwide could be seen from our living rooms when he featured against Rapid Vienna. World-class ability before our very eyes. Talent we haven’t seen for years.
The realisation that Partey is an Arsenal player was wonderful to soak up, and we will continue to wrap our heads around for the coming months and years.
So much better than we Arsenal have.
Thomas Partey’s Arsenal Rating