Roy Keane agrees with Jamie Carragher about Thomas Partey four months on from Arsenal transfer

For Arsenal fans, their strongest memory of the 2020 summer transfer window is likely to be the club's pursuit of Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey.

After failing to secure a top-four finish last season, Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, was keen to add some fresh blood to his squad ahead of the start of the 2020/21 campaign, with a defensive-minded central-midfielder at the very top of his wish list.

After weeks and months of speculation, Arsenal, who will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight matches when they travel to Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday evening, finally secured the midfielder's signature in early-October, triggering the £45million release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.

Having landed both Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes earlier in the window, Partey's arrival was the icing on the cake, with the tough-tackling midfield enforcer having been at the top of the fans' wish list for the duration of the window.

After showing signs of promise in his first five appearances for the club, the midfielder's run of momentum hit the buffers during a 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa in early-November. The former Mallorca man was forced off at half time against Dean Smith's side with a thigh injury and was forced to experience a spell on the sidelines.

Partey then made his return for the Gunners' 2-0 defeat to Tottenham in the North London Derby at the start of December only for him to suffer a fresh injury setback, that time with his hip.

That latest blow forced the midfielder to miss seven matches in all competitions, once again robbing him of the opportunity to get to grips with English football and learn the qualities of his new team-mates.

However, since making his return to action earlier this month, the midfielder has been in fine form, playing a key role in the club's recent upturn in fortunes. He has produced the qualities that both Arteta and Arsenal's supporters would have expected of him, with his ability to break up the play and keep the defensive-line in check proving apparent.

His recent performances have earned no shortage of plaudits from an array of high-profile names within the football world, with Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher amongst them.

Ahead of the Gunners' clash with Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, the duo waxed lyrical about Partey, with Keane, who was a defensive-midfielder himself during his playing days, insisting he will be a "big player" for the club moving forward.

Keane told Sky Sports: “He came in on transfer deadline day, so he never got quite up to speed, so it wasn’t a surprise that he got injured.

"He’s going to be a big player for Arsenal over the next few years. His track record... he’s used to playing in the biggest games, we know the important role in the middle of the park for Arsenal, they’ve lacked the physical presence.

"I’ve got no doubt that if he stays fit - which we’ll probably see more of next season - then he’ll be a big player for Arsenal.”

Carragher, meanwhile, admitted that he has been impressed by what he has seen of Partey so far.

"I’ve been really impressed with him, I think everyone has," said the former Liverpool defender. I think off the back of that performance (against Manchester United away), Arsenal supporters and even the manager, looked like they had a real midfielder."

For Partey to have attracted such praise from two players who know what it takes to be a star in the Premier League, this highlights the potential Partey has within his locker to be a big-name player for the club in years to come.

Since completing his move to the Emirates Stadium back in October, Partey has racked up 11 appearances in all competitions, claiming one assist.

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