Ghanaian international Andy Kyere Yiadom has praised Thomas Partey’s move to Arsenal.
Yiadom believes it was a good deal for his Black Stars deputy skipper and he is optimistic he would make his mark in the Gunners shirt.
“Partey grabs games by the scruff of the neck. He has lots of qualoties” Yiadom told Goal
“When I’ve watched Atletico, it does seem like he sits there and does the dogged work, but when he is away with us he has a lot more to his game than that. I think his record in terms of goals for Ghana (10 goals in 27 games) proves that because every time I seem to go away with Ghana he scores, so he has got that attacking threat as well.
He added: “He’s athletic, he’s really good on the ball, he’s skilful and he’s got a great set-piece in him.
“The way he keeps the ball in tight positions when you think he might lose it is really impressive. He just stands out, it’s hard to describe him as a certain type of player because I don’t think I can.”
“But personally, and this is going off what I see from him in training and also the games that he has played for Ghana, I think he has the attributes for the No.8 role and to be more of a box-to-box midfielder.”
Yiadom grew up supporting Arsenal and he admitted he is pleased Partey is going to a club he is a fan of.
“It’s all a bit surreal,” he admits. “It’s just a little bit crazy for me that he’s going to the club I’ve supported since I was young.
“I’m really excited that they have signed him. I think he’s a great addition and will make a big difference for Arsenal.
“He’s in his prime and is a fantastic player and I know that he will go there and do extremely well.”
“Obviously it’s great that he’s in the Premier League as well because it’s a completely different dynamic for him. It’s one of the best leagues in the world and I think everybody wants to come and play here.
“I think he has all the attributes to do well in the Premier League, but also I think what people have to remember is it is the Premier League and he’s been playing in Spain for a long time.
“I know when a player of that calibre comes in to the UK everyone is expecting him to do well – and he may do well straight away – but I think people have to realise that sometimes things do take time.”
Partey, 27 joined Arsenal from Atletico Madris on the final day of the 2020 summer transfer window for a reported fee of 50 Million Euros.