Mikel Arteta has praised Thomas Partey following the midfielder’s ‘solid’ full debut in Arsenal’s 2-1 Europa League victory at Rapid Vienna.
Arsenal got their group stage campaign up and running with a comeback victory over the Austrian outfit on Thursday night, quick-fire goals from David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealing three points after the hosts had taken a shock lead following a howler from goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The Gunners midfield was bolstered by the inclusion of summer signing Partey who started for the first time since his deadline day move from Atletico Madrid, the Ghana international the stand-out player for Arteta’s side with an impressive display.
Arteta was pleased with the performance of the new arrival and described the 27-year-old’s performance as ‘fantastic’, though suggested there is still much more to come from both Partey and his side this season.
“He looked really solid, really comfortable, and I think he held the midfield by himself in the second half when we were a little bit more open and took more chances, attacking spaces with some players,” Arteta said at his post match press conference.
“I think he was fantastic tonight and there is much more to come from him obviously.
“He needs his team-mates around him, it’s not about him. With the price we paid for him and the profile of him, he’s going to have a lot of people looking at him every single game.
“But it’s about the structure we have as a team, the flow, the unity and cohesion we have in the team, and he’s one piece of that and hopefully a big piece.”