New Arsenal signing Thomas Partey has revealed the one player he would like to emulate in the Premier League.
After a big move from Atletico, Thomas Partey has set his sights on enjoying a successful spell at the Emirates.
The Ghanaian arrived at North London with a big reputation on his shoulders. So far, he has already shown glimpses of what we know he can be, including a man-of-the-match performance against Manchester United.
Partey hopes to join the list of Africans that have excelled in the Premier League over the years.
To do the above, the Ghanaian has looked to compatriot and former Chelsea star Michael Essien as the man he would love to emulate.
During his playing days, Essien was a force for Chelsea and staked a claim as one of the top midfielders in the league for his position.
“He’s a fantastic midfielder,” Partey told Arsenal.com.
“He fights for every ball, he’s a great legend. For me, he’s one of the best midfielders that we’ve ever had in Africa.”
“I think we’ve all seen what he has done at Chelsea, what he has done for the Black Stars and for me, he’s my idol.”
“I grew up watching Michael Essien, Muntari, the Ayew brothers – they are the people I look up to and they made a lot of impact on Ghanaians. I think this is my moment and I have to make sure I take it.”
Partey himself also wants to be a shining light to young Ghanaians looking to make a name for themselves as well.
“Now most of the young guys are looking up to me and I think I have to do my best to make sure I get them to support this great family [at Arsenal],” he said. “When they support me, they’re going to feel good when they see us play.”