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Ghana great Essien says Partey will be Arsenal success

Ghana great Michael Essien says Thomas Partey will be successful at Arsenal.

Former Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey has played two Premier League games, lost both but impressed in each, and Essien is confident the Gunners have a star on their hands.

"I know him, I have seen him play a couple of times and we do talk now and then," Essien told Goal.com. "If he has any questions, he can always contact me for my thoughts – except when he plays Chelsea.

"But I wish him well and I am looking forward to seeing him do very well for Arsenal. They have made a great signing by bringing my countryman to take on the Premier League.

"He is more of a typical No.6 than me. He is very good on the ball, wins duels, has good speed, reads the danger well and he is a very complete midfielder.

"When I arrived in England, Arsenal were very tough, with Gilberto Silva and a great midfield, so it was a tough team to play against.

"But I think the Arsenal I played towards the end of my career could have done with a player like Thomas Partey.

"I think it is a great move for him too, though. Arsenal is a great club. The Premier League is also brilliant, so it will help him to improve his game as well."

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