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Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva believes Thomas Partey is the best defensive midfielder the club have had since himself.

Silva told Astro SuperSport: “He’s a good player. He’s the type of player Arsenal were missing, I’ve spoken a couple of times about it.

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

“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.”

Gilberto Silva has been full of praise for Thomas Partey
Gilberto Silva has been full of praise for Thomas Partey

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