The Gunners met Partey's release clause on deadline day to get him out of Atletico Madrid but the Ghanaian claims his hero is a player who has legendary status with rivals Cheslea
Thomas Partey may have signed for Arsenal last week, but he has his greatest soccer hero and the greatest player of all time is a former Chelsea star.
The Ghanaian midfielder moved from Atletico Madrid to the Emirates Stadium after the Gunners activated his £45million release clause on deadline day.
And in an interview with his new club, Partey named compatriot Michael Essien, who has played 256 games for London rivals Chelsea, as his hero.
Explaining his decision as cited by Sports Central, Partey said: "He is one of the best players Ghana has ever had.
But the 27-year-old didn't stop there by praising Essien and naming the Premier League and Champions League winner the best player of all time.
Asked to name his pick for the greatest footballer ever, Partey responded: "I would say Michael Essien, because he is my hero and he is my idol.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said Partey is in contention for the trip to Manchester City on Saturday evening.
The Spaniard said: “Well, he was here just yesterday. He is getting familiar with everything around the club. "Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him. We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days..