Saturday Oct 17, 2020. 13:00
Ex-Senegal international Armand Traore says Arsenal’s new signing Thomas Partey shares similarities with club legend Patrick Vieira.
Ghana-born retired French midfielder Vieira spent nine years with the English giants where he won three Premier League titles.
Vieira, who was an influential midfield maestro, captained Arsenal’s Invincibles to Premier League glory in 2004 and Traore believes Partey will do a similar job for the Gunners.
Ghana international Partey joined the Gunners from former Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in the recent transfer window.
“I’m extremely pleased and I think all Arsenal fans are absolutely buzzing,” Traore told Talk Sport.
“They know about Patrick Vieira, because he is a legend of the club, and there are definitely some similarities with Thomas Partey.”
Traore played 32 competitive matches for Arsenal after being promoted from the club’s academy and he featured five times for Senegal.
“For me, they needed someone like that in there and a grafter and someone happy to do the dirty work. He knows that’s his job and his role,” he added.
“The good thing about this guy is he’s not just there to destroy the attack or the opponent’s play, as he can play football.
“He’s got very good technique, really strong in the tackle [and] powerful.”