Ghana star Thomas Partey has earned rave reviews for his performance in the Europa League win at Rapid Vienna where the Gunners won 2-1.
The 45m pound signing from Atletico Madrid started his first game for the English giants, helping them come from behind yo start their European campaign in the perfect style.
He picked up an early booking but then went on to dominate the game from midfield for the visitors who won with second half goals from David Luiz and Pierre Emereck Aubameyang.
Partey made the most successful tackles and passes in the game triggering all round praise from the Arsenal fans and pundits alike.
🇬🇭 Partey vs Rapid Wien 👇🏾
90% Pass Completion
100% Tackle Success
100% Dribble success
4 Aerial Duels won
1 Key Pass
— #3Sports (@3SportsGh) October 22, 2020
“This guy makes it look so easy. He plays (number) 10 passes as a holding midfielder,” former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves said. “It’s one of the best debuts I’ve ever seen.”
His fellow pundit and former Arsenel defender Martin Keown added ‘He’s so silky smooth, he’s oozed class and been everywhere.’
‘I think you know when you see a player immediately add that touch of class, who wants to play and makes things happen,’ he concluded.
The broadcaster Piers Morgan , a lifelong Arsenal fan said “Partey’s the real deal – strong, quick, silky smooth, commanding.
It’s taken 15 years, but we’ve finally found a replacement for @OfficialVieira.”
The Sun newspaper said “no surprise but he looked ultra alert, whether picking up the ball from deep and carrying upfield or sniffing for a chance at the top of the box,” in giving him a rating of 8 fot his performance in Vienna.