Ronald Okoth, a Kenyan striker who plays for local side Sofapaka has endorsed a move for Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey as the right material for the Arsenal project.
The Gunners have identified Partey as a midfielder they need to bolster their squad as manager Mikel Arteta prepares for his first full season.
Partey is valued at €50million by current employers, Atletico Madrid and is in high demand after an excellent season.
It has been reported that Arsenal have made two offers for the Ghanaian with they meeting outright refusal by the Spanish Club.
In an interview with Goal, Okoth has encouraged Arsenal to sign Partey as his signing will prove a worthy deal for the London side.
“I surely think he [Thomas] Partey is the right man for Arsenal because if you analyse the club now, it really requires an engine like Partey,” Okoth told Goal.
“If at all they [Arsenal and Partey] would come to an agreement, it is going to be the best signing made by Arsenal. Looking at the kind of defensive woes and all that, I think Partey is a man to bring some kind of stability across the board.
“He can help cushion the back four and join the attacks when there is a need to but his greatest strength, as I know, is creating the best link between the defence and the forward line.
“Partey will provide the much-needed cover that Arsenal have been lacking for quite some time.
“It will be the best signing in my view.”
He added, “[Matteo] Guendouzi is young and a hard-working lad, and when he plays one finds it hard to believe he is still very young.”
“If he continues putting the same work rate week in week out in a season, then I have no doubt that he has a bright future.
“He is definitely going to be among the best mid
“I will not call it a challenge [Guendouzi vs Partey possible rivalry] as such, but I would prefer to say that it would be a healthy competition. It will bring the needed fighting spirit among the players and end laxity.
“Whenever you get another quality player joining, that is always a plus because he will push you beyond your limit.
“In that process, one gets to unleash his own best side. It is the same thing we are seeing Chelsea doing; signing strikers when the likes of Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham are still there.”