Former Arsenal star and club legend Gilberto Silva has praised Thomas Partey and believes that the Ghana international is the best holding midfielder they’ve had since his departure in 2008.
Partey made the move to Arsenal from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day, October 5 precisely after the London outfit paid his £45million release clause.
Although injuries have hampered his progress at the club this season, he is a good player and showed his class in the 2:1 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby in the Premier League on Sunday.
When Gilberto was asked if the Ghanaian is the best holding midfielder that Arsenal have had since his departure, he was full of praise for the midfielder and added that he makes others better such as Granit Xhaka and the defenders.
‘I guess so. In my opinion, I agree with you,’ the 44-year-old Brazilian told Stadium Astro.
‘He’s a good player. He’s the type of player Arsenal were missing, I’ve spoken a couple of times about it.
‘They have good players in the [central midfield] position but not to sit and give Arsenal the stability they have.
‘Look at the game [against Spurs] it was great to see how he managed his game, how he managed that position, helping [team-mates].
‘You know what is very important about this particular position? This is a very particular position because not every time you get the credit you deserve.
‘That’s okay, it’s fine, because you have to understand that. But this guy, when he understands the position like Partey, look at his game. He made the others a lot better.
‘He makes Xhaka look better in the game, he made the defenders look a lot better and comfortable when the ball was against them.
‘I think the way he manages games, the way he positions himself, is very important for Arsenal. He is the kind of player Arsenal have needed for quite a long time in my opinion.”
It can be recalled that Silva was part of Arsenal’s title-winning Invincibles in the 2003/04 Premier League season.
Meanwhile, the legend will be hoping that Partey plays his part nicely for the club in the Europa League against Olympiacais and in another Premier League London derby away to West Ham on Sunday.