‘Partey is a major signing’ but Arsenal needs £54 million Frenchman, legend has told Arteta
Gunners icon Ian Wright has revealed that he wanted Arsenal to sign Houssem Aouar in the transfer window.
With the transfer window coming to a draw, Arsenal left it late to get their last minute business done and had to make a choice in signing wither Partey, or the impressive Lyon midfielder Aouar.
Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for Aouar for months and even opened up transfer talks, but his massive £54 million price tag put off the club and in the end, the board opted to sign Partey for £45 million instead.
But despite admitting that Partey is a major signing, Wright claims that there is a reason why Arsenal also wanted to sign Houssem Aouar in the summer and he thinks that they still need him, Asked about Partey’s arrival, Wright told Premier League Productions as quoted by 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.’
Arsenal done well in the transfer window getting Partey, he will be a quality addition to the side, but if they managed to secure a transfer deal for Aouar, it would have been a very good investment for the club.
He could go on to become a special player.