Yaya Toure, a legend of Manchester City, has said he would watch Thomas Partey, an Arsenal midfielder, every weekend if he could.
As Toure succeeded for eight seasons at the Etihad, where he won three Premier League championships, he is knowledgeable about what it takes to become a great midfielder.
The former Ivory Coast international, who was recruited as Tottenham’s under-19 coach last summer, has called Partey of their north London rivals “unbelievable” this season after being in awe of them.
Partey has been instrumental in the Gunners’ drive for the Premier League crown, propelling them to a five-point lead over Manchester City.
Toure commends Partey.
TalkSPORT questioned Toure about the Ghanaian, and he said, “Yes he’s amazing, it’s very good to watch.
“I must admit that I used to go solely to see him every weekend when Arsenal had a game. He really is fantastic.
This season, Mikel Arteta has elevated his team to the level of legitimate championship contenders. Yet, Pep Guardiola’s team is right behind them and ready to seize any opportunity should they make a mistake.
Toure revealed who he believed will ultimately win the championship, citing Arsenal’s injury-time victory against Bournemouth as a potentially pivotal event.
The 39-year-old is nonetheless optimistic that his former team can succeed and capture their seventh Premier League championship.
“Right now, things are pretty tight, “The tour went on. “Man City is just playing really well and is expecting Arsenal will lose.
“I predict that Arsenal will lose ground. The pressure is there, and there is yet a ways to go. Arsenal is competing wonderfully well, Man United is also performing well, and Liverpool just had a tremendous win.
“You can sometimes smell the luck and optimism of a squad that can win a championship.
“Most of the time when I watch games, you can tell when the team wins because of the comradery among the players, the celebrations, and how much they love playing for one another.
He added: “That was a last-minute goal [against Bournemouth]. As there is still a long way to go, I hesitate to declare that it will determine the league. I’m a fan of Man City, so I hope they’ll do it.