Arsenal Star Partey Reveals Who Is His Premier League Idol
Arsenal’s new boy Thomas Partey has made a bright start to his time at Emirates Stadium, with the Ghana international revealing that he now wants to follow in the footsteps of his “idol” and become the next Michael Essien.
Essien won two titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League during a memorable eight-and-a-half-year stint at Chelsea between August 2005 and January 2014.
He made more than 250 appearances for the Blues, becoming a modern-day legend at Stamford Bridge along the way, and also earned 58 caps for his country.
Essien was also a talisman for Ghana and a key component for those he represented at the club level.
Partey enjoys a similar standing at present. The 27-year-old’s stock has risen enough to earn him a £45 million ($59m) move from Atletico Madrid to Arsenal, with another midfield talent that mixes graft and guile looking to follow in the footsteps of his legendary fellow countryman.
Partey told Arsenal’s official website of wanting to emulate Essien in England:
“He’s a fantastic midfielder. 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, [Sulley] 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.