Gilberto Silva rates Arsenal summer signings Thomas Partey, Willian and Gabriel

Gilberto Silva has rated Arsenal's summer signings
Gilberto Silva has rated Arsenal’s summer signings (Picture: Getty)

Gilberto Silva says Thomas Partey will become an ‘important player’ for Arsenal and has also praised fellow Gunners summer signings Gabriel and Willian.

Arsenal completed a £45million deal for Partey on transfer deadline day, with the Ghana midfielder arriving at the Emirates from Atletico Madrid.

Earlier in the transfer window, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta added Brazilian duo Willian and Gabriel to his squad.

Asked about the trio, Arsenal legend Silva – speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-a-side Bet on Tottenham v Arsenal – said: ‘I think Gabriel has done a great job in defence. He’s been very consistent at the back.

‘Willian is a great player, I don’t doubt that at all. I’ve read some criticisms of him, but the point is that Arsenal have been inconsistent. It’s tough for everybody – so it’s not just Willian that’s suffering; it’s everybody.

‘But in terms of the signings, I think that Gabriel has had the biggest impact so far. He’s been a regular in the team, and while Thomas Partey was a player that Arsenal really needed, he’s currently injured which is tough to take.

‘It’s hard for the manager to deal with because he clearly had a plan with Partey and things have had to change because of his injury.

The Gunners signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid
The Gunners signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid (Picture: Getty)

‘You spend so long trying to get a player that you really want, like Partey, and now you have to watch him sit out with injury. It’s tough.

‘I believe Partey has the quality to be an important player for Arsenal; that’s why they bought him in. They needed a player with character and quality, someone who was ready to come in and perform for the club straight away.

‘A player like Partey comes with a mass of expectation; he’s here to solve your previous problems, but it’s not all about him.’

Silva, who was part of Arsenal’s Invincibles, believes Partey can emerge as one of two ‘leaders’ in Arteta’s side.

He added: ‘You must understand in the case of Arsenal, the question is ‘who are your leaders in the team?’

‘They can be Partey, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but who else can be part of that group of leaders, holding the pressure and bringing everyone together?

‘This is very important; yes, you can bring in good players, but they must be leaders as well. If they are not, then the manager and the staff must help them to stand up and take responsibility.’

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