What Thomas Partey has already done at Arsenal to impress Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been left impressed at how quickly Thomas Partey has settled into life at Arsenal since joining on deadline day. The Gunners left it late in the summer transfer window to target a midfielder.

Houssem Aouar appeared to be their top choice after opening negotiations with Lyon.

Arsenal were unwilling to meet Lyon’s demands though with Aouar announcing a few days before the deadline that he planned to stay.

The Gunners reacted by activating Partey’s £45million release clause at Atletico Madrid on deadline day to give Mikel Arteta some much needed presence in midfield.

Partey was unable to meet up with his new team-mates straight away though as he flew out with Ghana on international duty.

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The 27-year-old soon returned and was immediately thrown into the starting line-up in his first game against Manchester City.

But it was against Rapid Vienna where Partey’s skillset helped Arsenal come from a goal down to win their Europa League opener.

He’s expected to retain his place in Arsenal’s midfield for the match against Leicester on Sunday.

And Aubameyang has detailed why he thinks Partey has settled in to life in north London so quickly.

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“Thomas has been great since joining the club,” said Aubameyang.

“He has integrated so well in the squad. He is kind, calm and smiley.

“On the pitch, we have seen already seen what he will bring us in matches.

“My family is from Gabon, but I also have some roots in Ghana where Thomas is from, so we are family, too!

“It is good for some of our younger players as well to have a player like him, of his calibre at training. They will learn a lot from him.”

He added: “He is so strong physically but yet so good on the ball as well.

“We didn’t really have a profile like this in our squad before.

“In terms of ball progression, beating the press, going forward, he will be very important for us.”

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