Chelsea legend Michael Essien rates Arsenal’s decision to sign Thomas Partey and offers to help new Premier League star

Michael Essien has rated Arsenal's decision to sign Thomas Partey
Michael Essien has rated Arsenal’s decision to sign Thomas Partey (Pictures: Getty)

Michael Essien believes Thomas Partey will be a ‘great signing’ for Arsenal and says he is willing to talk to his compatriot if he wants advice on the Premier League.

Arsenal signed Partey from Spanish club Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day after meeting his £45million release clause.

While the Gunners have lost their last two Premier League matches, Arsenal fans and manager Mikel Arteta have been impressed by the Ghana midfielder’s contributions.

And Chelsea hero Essien – who won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League at Stamford Bridge – expects Partey to thrive at Arsenal.

He told Goal: ‘I know him, I have seen him play a couple of times and we do talk now and then.

‘If he has any questions, he can always contact me for my thoughts – except when he plays Chelsea.

‘But I wish him well and I am looking forward to seeing him do very well for Arsenal. They have made a great signing by bringing my countryman to take on the Premier League.

‘He is more of a typical No.6 than me. He is very good on the ball, wins duels, has good speed, reads the danger well and he is a very complete midfielder.

‘When I arrived in England, Arsenal were very tough, with Gilberto Silva and a great midfield, so it was a tough team to play against.

‘But I think the Arsenal I played towards the end of my career could have done with a player like Thomas Partey.

‘I think it is a great move for him too, though. Arsenal is a great club. The Premier League is also brilliant, so it will help him to improve his game as well.’

Essien also praised Arsenal manager Arteta, who replaced Unai Emery in the Emirates hot-seat in December 2019.

Partey has made a promising start to his Arsenal career
Partey has made a promising start to his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty)

Under Arteta, Arsenal won the FA Cup last season, although they have lost three of their last four Premier League matches to slip to 11th in the table.

‘I played a lot against Mikel Arteta when he was at PSG and I know him quite well,’ Essien added.

‘So far, he is doing a good job at Arsenal, he needs to keep going and it is good for the game to see good young managers like him.

‘I don’t watch a lot of football nowadays, as I am busy learning the job and a new league myself.

‘But Liverpool have a great coach in Jurgen Klopp and I love seeing what my former manager Carlo Ancelotti is doing with Everton.’

Arsenal continue their Premier League campaign on Sunday with a trip to Old Trafford to face revitalised Manchester United.

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