Arteta Drops Major Hint Partey and Gabriel Will Start Against Leicester

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was full of praise for latest signing Thomas Partey after his full debut against Rapid Vienna.

Another of Arteta’s summer signing, Gabriel, was singled out for praise after his fantastic defensive display in Europe. This is a follow up to his exceptional performance already since signing for us this summer.

Partey made his full Arsenal debut in the Europa League and his performance was nothing short of amazing, with Arteta dropping a huge hint he and fellow summer signing, Gabriel, may be thrown into the starting lineup once again this weekend in the Premier League against Leicester City on Sunday.

on Thomas Partey…
I was really impressed because he looked really confident, he grabbed the game in the most difficult period, he took responsibility, he was really comfortable on the ball, he made a lot of right decisions, he was really strong in the challenges in every transition moment. I was impressed.

on the effect he can have on the rest of the team…
It is about finding the cohesion in the team and the fluidity with and without the ball what we want. Finding some specificity was in my opinion lacking in the squad, to get the pieces in the right places where everyone is comfortable doing their job that we give them to do. I think we are much more balanced. The same with Gabi (Gabriel), the performance he had last night as well and what he brings to the team. We will see a team that is closer to what we are trying to do.

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