Arsenal fans loved what happened to Thomas Partey after making his start since £45m transfer

Thomas Partey certainly had a full Arsenal debut to remember.

The Premier League game at Manchester City after the international was considered too early for the £45m transfer deadline day signing from Atletico Madrid to make his first start for the Gunners.

As a result, he came on in the second half at the Etihad Stadium to get a taste of Premier League action.

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But on Thursday night in the Europa League, Partey started against Rapid Vienna and took centre stage with a performance that impressed many – including his manager Mikel Arteta.

“He looked really solid, really comfortable,” Arteta said in his post-match press conference. “He held midfield by himself in the second half when we were a little bit more open and starting to take more chances attacking certain places with some players.

“He was fantastic tonight and there’s much more to come from him.”

Not only was Arteta delighted with Partey’s full Arsenal debut, but the national media were too as one reporter described the 27-year-old as being ‘fantastic in midfield’.

Furthermore, the Ghana international’s performance garnered a big reaction from Gunners supporters on Reddit.

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Pixelated-Hitch said: “Vieira finally replaced, we’re all so impressed and in awe with him due to the fact of being starved of World Class midfielders for so long.

“Ladies and gents hop on this train cause we are finally going places.”

rainbowyuc said: “Finally a midfielder who isn’t paid to turn over the ball. Also haven’t seen this many forward passes from a player in years.”

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