Mikel Arteta impressed on Thomas Partey’s full debut against Rapid Vienna
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Mikel Arteta impressed on Thomas Partey’s full debut against Rapid Vienna.
Mikel Arteta heaped praise on Thomas Partey after he impressed on his full Arsenal debut in their comeback Europa League win over Rapid Vienna – but insists there is much more to come from the deadline day signing.
Partey’s performance was a highlight on what was an average night for the Gunners in Austria, as goals from David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw them win 2-1 after Bernd Leno’s error had gifted the hosts a second-half lead.
The 27-year-old Ghana international had been a long-term target for Arsenal before they finally landed their man from Atletico Madrid in the closing hours of the transfer window.
Speaking after the win, Arteta said:
‘To be fair he looked really solid, really comfortable,’
‘I think he held the midfield by himself in the second half as well when we were a little bit more open and we started to take more chances attacking certain spaces with some players.
‘But I think he was fantastic tonight and there is much more to come from him obviously.
‘Obviously we know that with the price that we paid for him and the profile that he has, he is going to have a lot of people looking at him in every single game.
‘But it’s about the structure we have as a team, the flow, the unity and the cohesion that we need in our team and he is one piece of that. Hopefully he is a big piece.’