Thomas Partey

Javi Banos, who worked with the Ghanaian at youth level in Madrid, is backing the Gunners new boy to thrive in English football

boasted more potential within Atletico Madrid’s youth system than David de Gea, says his former youth coach Javi Banos, with the midfielder considered to be “perfect” for Arsenal.

The Gunners completed a late raid for the international on transfer deadline day.

A £45 million ($58m) deal was pushed through as the clock ticked down, with Mikel Arteta able to land a player that he identified as a top target.


Arsenal have been urged to find another Patrick Vieira for their engine room and have ticked that box by bringing in Partey.

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Banos expects the 27-year-old to thrive in English football, with his ability to compete at the very highest level having been noted at a young age.


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