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Xhaka - Partey is so important for us

It was quite a day on Sunday for Thomas Partey.

The Ghana international was presented with his Player of the Month trophy for February before kick off, and then opened the scoring against Leicester with a glancing header.

Afterwards, Granit Xhaka heaped praise on his midfield partner.

"He criticised himself very hard I think [earlier in the season], but he’s fit, he’s healthy, he’s so important for us," he told Arsenal Media.

"You can see his qualities without the ball, with the ball and everything starts from him and not only on the pitch, but off the pitch as well he’s a lovely guy, a guy who helps the young people a lot, I’m enjoying being a part of the midfield with him."

Xhaka himself has been playing a more advanced role in recent weeks, so how is he enjoying the change?

"It’s a different position, I think it’s not my first different position in this club, I’ve played already many positions in this club!" he said.

"I’m enjoying it because I’m on the pitch, that’s the most important thing and after I try to help the team wherever the coach puts me and at the moment it’s working very well."

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