Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed why Thomas Partey is the perfect signing for Arsenal
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has delivered his verdict on the Gunners' £45m summer signing Thomas Partey after the midfielder shone on his full debut
After making his debut as a second-half substitute in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, the 27-year-old made his first start for the club in the midweek Europa League win over Rapid Wien.
And it's safe to say Partey was the man-of-the-match despite goals from David Luiz and Aubameyang which helped the visitors come from behind to seal all three points.
According to Aubameyang, there's more to come from the Ghana international after outlining exactly why the midfielder was such an important signing.
"Thomas has been great since joining the club," Aubameyang told the official matchday programme. "He has integrated so well in the squad.
"He is kind, calm and smiley. On the pitch, we have seen already seen what he will bring us in matches.
"He is so strong physically but yet so good on the ball as well.
"We didn’t really have a profile like this in our squad before. In terms of ball progression, beating the press, going forward, he will be very important for us."
Aubameyang also revealed a hidden connection with Partey.
"My family is from Gabon but I also have some roots in Ghana where Thomas is from so we are family too! It is good for some of our younger players as well to have a player like him, of his calibre at training.
"They will learn a lot from him."