Sacked Arsenal man still praises the club for recent transfer

Former Arsenal scout, Francis Cagigao has hailed Arsenal’s capture of midfielder, Thomas Partey and claims that the Ghanaian might be the final piece of the jigsaw that makes the Gunners title challengers.

Cagigao spent 24 years at Arsenal and he started the club’s scouting of Partey some six years ago.

The midfielder was playing for Almeria, on loan from Atletico Madrid at the time and he caught their attention.

Arsenal finally got their man this summer, and Cagigao believes that they have signed a player who is capable of making them title winners again.

He claimed that he had recommended the midfielder to Arsenal for a long time before the club finally signed him.

He added that Partey has so much more to offer than he has shown and that he will prove to be an even better player now that he will be playing in a better system compared to that of Atletico Madrid.

‘He is a player that we pursued for a long time and strongly recommended over the last few years,’ Cagigao says via Mail Online.

‘I first watched him about six years ago playing for Almeria on loan from Atletico Madrid and he was more box-to-box, attacking even.

‘I think we will see him with the shackles off because he did very much play in a constricted midfield unit [at Atletico].

‘He could be the final piece of the jigsaw that makes Arsenal challenge for the title.’

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  1. I think Partey’s attacking ability is stronger than his defence,given the freedom to go forward we will see a lot from him

  2. Can I suggest and recommend that one views the complete interview with Francis Cagigao?
    He has so much more to say about his time at our club, talking about AW, UE, MA and transfers for big named players that he was involved with – a real eye opener to a man who has served the club so well and bears no grudges whatsoever for being let go.

  3. What I like about this man Cagigao is that inspite of being let off by Arsenal, he still has Arsenal at heart. He has served our football Club so sincerely and dedicatedly for the last 24 years, it is indeed sad that he had to go. Best of luck Cagigao.

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