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Ex-Arsenal defender Traore likens Partey to Vieira

Former Arsenal defender, Armand Traore, has compared Thomas Partey to Patrick Vieira.

The Ghana star is hoping to show his quality in the Premier League after moving from Atletico Madrid.

Partey grew up supporting the club and was delighted when they paid his release clause on deadline day.

Traore thinks if there is one ex-Gunner who is similar to Partey, it is club legend and former captain Vieira.

Speaking with talkSPORT, the Senegal international said: “I’m extremely pleased and I think all Arsenal fans are absolutely buzzing.

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“They know about Patrick Vieira, because he is a legend of the club, and there’s definitely some similarities with Thomas Partey.

“For me, they needed someone like that in there and a grafter and someone happy to do the dirty work. He knows that’s his job and his role.

“The good thing about this guy is he’s not just there to destroy the attack or the opponent’s play, as he can play football. He’s got very good technique, really strong in the tackle [and] powerful.

“I’m so impressed with what Arteta is doing. If you look through the lines, you can see what they’re doing.

“Last time, I told you the first signing or the priority was to keep [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and that’s been done.

“If Arteta and Ozil can find a little agreement to get him back in the team – because the qualities he possesses, he needs to be in that team – it would be brilliant to see Aubmeyang, Ozil, Partey and all these players [on the pitch].

“I think they’re building something great. They’re definitely moving forward and I think the fans should just trust Arteta.”

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