Arsenal fans have spotted a brilliant moment in training between Thomas Partey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and have called for the new signing to start tonight in the Europa League against Rapid Vienna.
In the footage on the club’s official YouTube channel, the new recruit easily dispossesses the striker showing his pace and power.
Partey arrived on transfer deadline day after Arsenal triggered his £45m release clause at Atletico Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been compared to Patrick Vieira and Gunners fans are very excited about seeing him in action.
In the comments on the video, supporters demanded that Partey should start tonight and against Leicester in the Premier League at the weekend.
One said: “Start partey against Leicester.”
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Another added: “Hey Gooners can’t wait to see Partey as Starting 11.”
A third exclaimed: “I can’t believe it, partey track down Auba. Partey is a monster in midfield.”
“Did u see the way Partey stopped Aubameyang at 2:32,” one more said.
Arsenal boss Arteta has opened up on the likelihood of Partey making his first start for the club.
He said: “He reacted really well, he came on and look strong and confident [against Man City] and he added something positive to the team.
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“It was a very short turnaround for him since he joined the team, he had a day, a day-and-a-half only in training.
“He has done a few more training sessions and he looks ready to start.”
Arteta was coy on whether his side would be able to fight on all fronts this season though.
He added: “Time will tell. Depending on what happens and this COVID situation, depending on the injuries…
“I believe we have the squad to try and fight till the last moment, and the passion.
“What we’re looking for in this competition is to go as far as possible and win it.”
Arteta is under no illusions as to how hard it will be to win the Europa League this season either.
He said: “Yes, because we know that this club has to aim for every competition and we have to be involved in European competition, so let’s start tomorrow. It will be tough.
“You haven’t asked too many questions about the game and I am worried, because I have seen from Rapid, they look a strong and dangerous side, so we better be prepared tomorrow.”
Rapid Vienna versus Arsenal kicks off at 5.55pm this evening as the Gunners get their Europa League campaign underway.
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