‘He’s amazing’ – Arsenal star Partey could be one of the best in the world, says Saul Niguez

The Atletico Madrid star has greeted his former teammate and believes he will soon show his true value to the gunners

He supported Thomas Partey and became one of the world’s best players at Arsenal by his former Atletico Madrid teammate Saul Niguez.

Partey moved to Gunners on the last day of the transfer window last summer, but suffered a frustrating first season in north London due to a series of injuries.

The Ghanaian international has admitted he has only glimpsed his best form since transferring Spain to England, and Saul – who has progressed through the youth ranks with midfielder Atletico – is confident his former teammate will soon show his true worth to Michele Arteta’s side.

What was said?

LaLiga player Santandera Saul, guest at the event for LiveScore, said: “I don’t think he was very lucky because of the injuries, especially now that they are more closed in the UK than we were in Spain a few months ago.

“It’s difficult because he started the pre-season with us, and then he left without finishing it. He tried to play every game, got injured, and then tried to come back before the right time.

“Everything was a bit unfortunate, but I think next season will be great for him.

“I think it was a lot easier for him to have a coach like Arteta at Arsenal. He knows the language and the culture suits him.

“As a player he is amazing and if he manages to maintain that consistency, he can honestly be one of the best in the world.”

How can Partey improve?

Growing up playing alongside Partey, Saul is undoubtedly what the 27-year-old needs to do to take his game to the next level.

The Spanish international said: “I have known him since we were 16 or 17 and I always felt he would be a very important player, but he lacked consistency because he is capable of doing anything.

“He scores from the box, makes the land himself, steals, distributes, runs the game.

“But if he ever reads this (laughs), I’d like to mention again that he should improve his consistency. It’s not enough to just do one good game and then not show up for three or four.

“In that aspect, he has to be more intelligent and know what he has to do on those days when he’s not doing well.”

Saul Niguez spoke at the event for LiveScore, the official global scoring in LaLiga Santander. The LiveScore app for iOS and Android is now available for download: www.livescore.com/mobile

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