Jan 29, 2023

‘Thomas Partey Isn’t Good Enough To Do What Casemiro Does’ – Ferdinand

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Arsenal star has won possession 116 times, 28 more than Casemiro, and has higher passing accuracy and a higher rate of progressive passes. 

FILE PHOTO: The Casemiro vs Partey debate originated from their rivalry in LaLiga with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. PICTURE: Getty Images

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LONDON: Rio Ferdinand believes there is no comparison between Manchester United star Casemiro and Arsenal lynchpin Thomas Partey.

The Red Devils travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on the Gunners on Sunday looking to close the gap at the top of the Premier League to six points.

Ahead of the latest clash between the rivals, who regularly fought for titles in Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger eras, social media has been awash with a debate over who is better – an argument that has existed from when they were rivals for Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Casemiro has made a huge impact since his arrival at Old Trafford from Real in the summer, with the five-time Champions League winner transforming Man United’s midfield and defensive spine.

Meanwhile, ex-Atleti star Partey has been a crucial middleman for Mikel Arteta and the Gunners’ march to their current position eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

FILE PHOTO: Partey has helped Arsenal to the top of the Premier League. PICTURE: Getty Images

However, Ferdinand says passionate Brazil star Casemiro ‘wipes the floor’ with Partey due to his impact on the game, as both players continue to be superb in their role of breaking up play and winning possession to help launch attacks.

“I think the importance to their teams… you could argue both sides quite equally – but then, when you throw the stats in, Casemiro wipes him away,” the former United centre-back said on his Vibe with Five Podcast.

“I don’t think Partey could do what Casemiro does. I don’t think Partey is good enough defensively to do what Casemiro is doing.

“I don’t think he has the impact defensively [for Arsenal as Casemiro has] for Man United.”

Ferdinand, did, however, praise 29-year-old Partey, especially after Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over north London rivals Tottenham.

“On the ball he’s doing more, he’s dictating play for Arsenal,” he said. 

FILE PHOTO: Casemiro has added steel to the Man United midfield. PICTURE: Getty Images

“He’s controlling the tempo, he’s actually playing passes I didn’t know he had. His passing has been unbelievable.

“How much did he cost, £40million? That’s a bargain.”

According to Opta, Casemiro has created more chances, 14 compared to 13, and more tackles with 46, 12 more than Partey.

However, the Arsenal star has won possession 116 times, 28 more than Casemiro, and has higher passing accuracy and a higher rate of progressive passes. Casemiro has five assists and two goals in his 27 appearances since arriving from Real Madrid in a £70m deal last summer.

Partey, meanwhile, has helped the Gunners to win 15 of their opening 18 Premier League games.

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