Gilberto Silva raves about Thomas Partey and says he has improved Arsenal teammate

Gilberto Silva raves about Thomas Partey and says he has improved Arsenal teammate
The summer signing gave an excellent display in the north London derby (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva believes Thomas Partey has finally given the Gunners the stability and defensive awareness they have been missing ever since he himself left the club.

The Ghanaian has struggled with injuries since his summer move from Atletico Madrid but has had a run of games recently and delivered an excellent display in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham in the north London derby.

Gilberto, who played in the famous Invincibles team, feels Arsenal have been crying out for a player with Partey’s skillset for over a decade and he is already improving the likes of Granit Xhaka.

Thomas Partey Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Partey dominated the midfield battle against Spurs (Picture: Getty)

Asked if Partey is the best defensive midfielder he has seen at Arsenal since he left the club, Gilberto Silva told Astro SuperSport: ‘I guess so. In my opinion, I agree with you.

‘He’s a good player. He’s the type of player Arsenal were missing, I’ve spoken a couple of times about it.

‘They have good players in the [central midfield] position but not to sit and give Arsenal the stability they have.

‘Look at the game [against Spurs] it was great to see how he managed his game, how he managed that position, helping [teammates].

‘You know what is very important about this particular position? This is a very particular position because not every time you get the credit you deserve.

‘That’s okay, it’s fine, because you have to understand that. But this guy, when he understands the position like Partey, look at his game: he made the others a lot better.

Gilberto Silva Arsenal v Aston Villa
Gilberto is one of the Premier League’s best ever holding midfielders (Picture: Getty)

‘He makes Xhaka look better in the game, he made the defenders look a lot better and comfortable when the ball was against them.

‘I think the way he manages games, the way he positions himself, is very important for Arsenal.

‘He is the kind of player Arsenal have needed for quite a long time in my opinion.’

Arsenal’s victory over Spurs closed the gap to their rivals to four points and they are building momentum ahead of their Europa League last 16 second leg clash with Olympiakos on Thursday, having taken a 3-1 lead in the first leg in Athens.

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