It’s been a notoriously long transfer window, especially for Arsenal fans. The Gunners faithful were tormented by several rumours all summer but most of them ended in dashed hopes. However, Thomas Partey was an exception.
On Deadline Day, Arsenal emphatically triggered the release clause of the Atletico Madrid midfielder, much to the despair of Diego Simeone. The Gunners now have in their possession one of the most complete central midfielders in the world, and he will bring a lot to Mikel Arteta’s team.
#5 Defensive solidity
Since the days of Gilberto Silva, Arsenal have lacked a physical presence in front of the back four. The likes of Francis Coquelin and Lucas Torreira have come close with their combative nature but didn’t have the physical stature to match.
Thomas Partey is the full package physically and coupled with his defensive training from low-block connoisseur Diego Simeone, he’s exactly what Arsenal need.
Last season, the 27-year-old successfully completed 70 tackles, made 48 interceptions, 41 clearances and 8 blocks in 35 La Liga games. His tenacious attitude and capability to win 65% of the duels he enters will provide much-needed steel to Arsenal’s central midfield.
What sets Thomas Partey apart from those who play in the same position is his ability to play several roles. He can be a defensive destroyer who sits in front of the defence and breaks up play. He can also be the energetic box-to-box midfielder that acts as a ball carrier, facilitating counter-attacks.
This means Thomas Partey can easily be deployed in a variety of positions in either a midfield-three or a double pivot. Such a trait will serve as a great advantage for Mikel Arteta as he continues to chop & change to find his best formation for this transitioning Arsenal side. It’s incredible to think that Arsenal have got a versatile world-class midfielder in the prime of his career.