Former Arsenal legend praised 27-year-old summer signing

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has revealed his delight to see Thomas Partey joining the Emirates Stadium from Atletico Madrid.

The North London club landed Partey on transfer deadline day earlier this month in a deal believed to be worth around £45m after having been strongly linked with a move to lure him at the club during the summer transfer window.

The 27-year-old midfielder has been getting used to his new surroundings at the Gunners this week and he took part in his first training session with the North London club on Thursday ahead of the trip to Manchester where they will face Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Ghana international will be hoping to establish himself as a regular starter in the Gunners team in the coming weeks and months as they look to try and challenge for a top-four finish this campaign.

And ex-Gunners forward Ian Wright has expressed his delight at seeing the Gunners moved to strengthen their midfield area with the addition of the Ghana star.

Speaking in an interview quoted by Mirror, Wright said: “I think when you look at the Thomas Partey signing, it’s the kind of signing where that’s who we wanted.

“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