Over the summer, Mikel Arteta moved to assist his midfield choices, with another imposing presence added to the Emirates Stadium engine room.
Paul Merson says that Thomas Partey is a “true steal” of £ 45 million ($59 million) for Arsenal, with a midfielder who could “play for everyone,” answering the greatest need for those at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have been crying out in their engine room for another commanding presence.
Having once boasted in that part of the field of the likes of Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva, the North London outfit has faced accusations of being a little soft at its core.
It was never going to be easy, or inexpensive, to find an acceptable successor to some iconic figures.
However, in Partey, which was snapped up from Atletico Madrid over the summer, Arsenal have found great value.
With his performances receiving widespread acclaim, he has slotted smoothly into the fold under Arteta as Merson’s likes become well aware of the qualities he brings to the fold.
“Now they have that player. “Former Arsenal playmaker Merson told Sky Sports, before you looked and figured,” not nice enough in midfield.
You have [Granit] Xhaka and someone who can play with him. They don’t have the throw, and they’re playing deep, and it’s all workmanlike.
“I can’t talk about him highly enough. When they said that the party looks like he’s going to Arsenal for £ 45 million, I wondered, ‘Am I missing a trick here?’ He could play for everyone, and I’m looking at Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool.
He could play for everyone, and I’m looking at Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him, it’s an absolute steal for Arsenal.
“It’s a shame that [Mesut] Ozil can’t play because I think he opens up the space for Ozil.”
Partey is unlikely to get the opportunity to work alongside Ozil any time soon.
A World Cup winner has been firmly frozen out of the picture at Emirates Stadium, with Arteta making some surprising selection calls.
No place has been found for Ozil in Europa League or Premier League squads.
He appears to be stumbling his way towards free agency in 2021, with the German considered to be part of Arsenal’s past.
Partey is very much the present and future, with the Ghana international set to get another opportunity to impress when the Gunners play host to Aston Villa on Sunday.