Former Arsenal winger Ray Parlour has tipped Thomas Partey to make a similar impact at the club to that of Gunners legend Patrick Vieira.
Partey was signed from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day, and after coming off the bench against Manchester City at the weekend he made his full debut in the Europa League victory over Rapid Vienna on Thursday.
The Ghanaian international shone in the centre of the park in the 2-1 win, and big things are now expected of him going forward.
Parlour was teammates with Vieira, who was an instrumental part of an Arsenal team which won three Premier Leagues and three FA Cups in the late 90s and early ’00s.
And speaking to talkSPORT he said he can see similarities between Partey and how Vieira used to play.
“You can see he has got all the attributes to be like a Patrick Vieira,” Parlour said.
“If he gets anywhere near Patrick Vieira we have had a right result as an Arsenal fan!
“They knew what they were buying there – a very strong player that we lacked in that area – but let’s not get carried away, let’s give him a chance.
“Let’s wait until we are playing the big sides like Manchester City, Liverpool and see if he can boss midfield then. If he can do it then, then we can say we have got a proper player here.”
Parlour was particularly impressed with the way Partey dominated the midfield against Rapid Vienna, adding: “He’s a really good presence. I don’t think they have had that in midfield.
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“They haven’t been mobile enough over the last few years, but he’s that man to fill in all the gaps.
“He’s very efficient and had a really good start to his Arsenal career. He could be a really big signing for Arsenal going forward because they have missed someone like him in that midfield area for many years.”
It is likely Partey will make his full Premier League debut when the Gunners take on Leicester at the Emirates on Sunday as they look to bounce back from the loss against City.