All of Thomas Partey’s weaknesses and how Arsenal signing was desperate to learn

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All of Thomas Partey’s weaknesses have been revealed by former Mallorca manager Jose Luis Oltra following his move to Arsenal.

The Gunners stumped up Partey’s £45m release clause at Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day to seal the Ghanian’s services.

The 27-year-old plays is a natural defensive-midfielder, but is thought to be a good all-round player.

But that’s not to say he doesn’t have his weaknesses, as pointed out by his ex-boss Oltra, who commended his work ethic as a youngster.

Revealing some of his strongest attributes, as well as his worst, the Spanish coach gave Gunners fans the lowdown on what to expect from Partey.

"There were times when he would lose the ball in dangerous areas, close to our central defenders," says Oltra.

"He found turning in that zone difficult and the first pass wasn't always easy for him. He made some errors but we were always on top of him, showing him videos. He was very receptive to our advice and to everything we tried to teach him.

"He already had a lot of great attributes, but he was a boy who wanted to grow and improve. He was an excellent professional, which is vital for any footballer. He looked after himself, he loved football and he lived a very organised life. Those factors have helped him reach the level he's at now.”

Also revealing how Partey has had to bulk up over the years, Oltra added: ”He worked hard on that, and on his stamina as well. His ability to withstand pressure improved and soon he was able to do more things with the ball, like trying long-range shots."

His former youth coach Javi Banos added that an eye for goal would soon become a part of Partey's game.

He said: "he now scores six or seven times per season, which is great for someone who starts the build-up play and operates in front of the defence.

"I think the thing he has improved most in recent years is his final pass," says Baños. "He is not just a defensive midfielder. He is now a more adventurous player, with freedom in his movements and scoring ability."

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