Partey was ‘magnificent’ but Aouar still needed at Arsenal

Ian Wright has stated that Arsenal were right to prioritise the arrival of Thomas Partey, but has urged them to return to their interest in Houssem Aouar in the coming windows.

The Gunners are yet to win a Premier League match since the arrival of the Ghanaian midfielder on Deadline Day, with their side having endured consecutive 1-0 losses at the hands of Manchester City and Leicester, but that isn’t down to the new signing in the slightest.

Our team could argue that our side was the better during both clashes, with only our finishing letting us down, but he did help us to clinch a win in the Europa League in midweek.

Ian Wright has been keeping close tabs on our new signing, and claimed that his performance in his full debut against Rapid Vienna was ‘magnificent’, but adds that they are still missing that main man to rely on creatively.

Asked about Partey’s arrival, Wright told Premier League Productions (via the Metro): ‘I’m very happy. The way he played in midweek against Rapid Vienna, okay they’re not the greatest opposition but he was magnificent.

‘He’s exactly what Arsenal are looking for. He can bring the ball forward and he can set moves going. I think we’ll see Xhaka dropping in and Ceballos further forward because at the end of the day that’s where Arsenal still need to create in that last third of the pitch.

‘I don’t mind that [Partey’s disciplinary record] because he’s somebody that does intercept. Already from his first game he’s got more interceptions individually than the rest of Arsenal’s midfield. He’s somebody that can win the ball but he can progress the ball. They still need more, he’s not the main one and that’s why Arsenal went for Houssem Aouar as well. I’m hoping they can still get him at some stage but Partey is a massive improvement on what Arsenal have got.’

His arrival definitely gives us more backbone, but as we saw last night, he alone can not make the difference to what has been our weakest area for some time, and Aouar would no doubt be a step in the right direction, while there are some other alternatives to him out there also.

Will Partey’s arrival bring out more from our creative players? Could Smith Rowe or Ceballos flourish given time in the same team as the Ghanaian?

Patrick

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7 Comments

  1. RSH says:

    why does it have to be Aouar? Feel like thats just the name that gets thrown around because Arteta likes him. Can we question our scouting though since it’s been horrible for ages? Lyon are not good this season and I’ve not heard much about his performances in a while. Maybe Arsenal were right to not overpay for him and maybe we should be looking at somebody else. I seriously think we need a midfielder who is more attack-oriented and not an 8 who only occasionally provides goals and assists. Its the whole forward line that does not link up well, so we need more than just a player that can carry the ball if our whole attack is failing.

    1. Goonster says:

      Hahaha
      It’s really funny.
      Before we were linked to Aouar not many pundits in England has ever heard of him i bet.

      But now it’s Aouar that we need. I have watched Aouar YouTube clips and I am not as impressed. Absolutely overrated or overpriced to me. Not a £40 million player.

      I really think we need a modern all action attacking mid. Prime Cesc, Rosicky or Santi I would love. That type.

      1. Phenom says:

        Can’t agree more @Goonster.
        I will never choose Aouar ahead of ESR. Aouar is truly overrated. It’s the media making these rumours.

  2. McLovin says:

    Szoboszlai > Aouar

    Szobo is younger, taller, stronger, cheaper, more efficient. Plays well in CL, for Hungary and in the Austrian league. Oh and he has a wicked shot.. check out his most recent goal cs Lokomotiv Moscow.

    Salzburg sold Håland in January so I don’t see why they wouldn’t sell Szoboszlai/Daka as well..

    1. ACE says:

      Couldnt agree more MCL. DS is
      a brilliant young player that
      would bring a fantastic skill set
      (AND DESPERATELY NEEDED) to
      the middle of the pitch. RBS are a
      selling club and a reasonable offer
      to the Austrian outfit would see AFC
      land there man. Selling Mustafi and
      Chambers in January would take care
      of the majority of the asking price.

      With Ozil out of the picture, AFC
      need to make a move in January
      whether its RS or HA.

  3. Illiterate says:

    How bout the Argintine Emi Buendia from Norwich?? Can play RW, AM and LW.

  4. amo says:

    ”seriously think we need a midfielder who is more attack-oriented and not an 8 who only occasionally provides goals and assists. Its the whole forward line that does not link up well, so we need more than just a player that can carry the ball if our whole attack is failing” i totally agree . ball carrying midfielder and please bring on board the academy boys…Arsenal looks so boring without the attacking displays.

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