Gilberto Silver finds love for Thomas Partey as he heap praises on the Ghanaian International

Thomas Partey gaining grounds at Arsenal despite injury set backs

The former Gunners midfielder has heaped praise on the Ghanaian enforcer after his stellar display against Tottenham

"Thomas Partey is the kind of player Arsenal have needed for quite a long time", according to Gilberto Silva, who says the £45 million star makes Granit Xhaka and Co look better.

Arsenal triggered the release clause in Partey's contract at Atletico Madrid to lure him to Emirates Stadium in October, bringing a long-running transfer saga to an end in the process.

The 27year-old has struggled to make a sustained impact due to a string of fitness issues, but he was back to his best during Sunday's derby win over Tottenham, leaving Gilberto convinced that he completes Mikel Arteta's midfield.

Asked if Partey is the best holding midfielder Arsenal have had since he left the club in 2008, Gilberto 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 team-mates

"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.

"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."

Partey, who signed a five-year contract at Emirates Stadium when he joined the club from Atletico, has been restricted to just 21 appearances across all competitions to date this season.

The Ghana international has yet to open his scoring account for the Gunners, but has set up two goals for his team-mates.

Consistent minutes have been hard to come by for Partey because of various injuries, with a hip issue keeping him out for the longest period between December and January.

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