Having been schooled by Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid over the last seven years, Arsenal fans know that Thomas Partey will bring a certain sense of aggression, energy and relentless competiveness to a sometimes passive midfield.
But his former national team coach Avram Grant believes the key fundamental with the 27-year-old that will ensure every penny of the Gunners’ £45m investment will be paid back is his ability to never have a poor game and will work tirelessly for his teammates.
Partey arrived on international deadline day from the Spanish capital and former Chelsea, West Ham and Portsmouth manager Grant claims it’s a perfect signing for Mikel Arteta.
The Israeli has asked for a degree of patience, however, as having played solely in La Liga and European domestic competitions, Arsenal’s new No18 will need a degree of time to get up to speed to the pace and movement of the Premier League.
“From the first time I watched him, I saw a player who was very strong and good on the ball, who understands the game very well,” Grant, who was Black Stars manager from 2014-2017, giving Partey his international debut in 2016, told The Sun.
“Even when he was relatively young and inexperienced, he knew what he needed to do in terms of possession and position, how to get in the right place at the right time.
“But he’s also a very good boy, on and off the pitch, with a great character. He wants to do his job and he is very consistent.
“Thomas doesn’t tend to have good days and bad days because you know every match what you will get from him, which is his best for the team.
Avram Grant takes a training session with Ghana in 2017
“I’d ask the Arsenal fans to give him a few weeks just to get used to English football, because it is still played differently in the Premier League to anywhere else, even if there are more foreign players now. But he will prove a good signing, perfect for what Mikel Arteta is trying to…