Patrick Vieira sent a rousing message to Thomas Partey as Arsenal launched their new away kit for the 2021/22 season.
The Gunners unveiled a vivid jersey featuring the club’s old cannon crest on Friday morning, with the colour described as “pearl citrine pale yellow”.
The Adidas-made shirt also has a navy and red trim on the sleeves and collar as well as the German manufacturer’s traditional three stripes on the shoulders.
The kit was launched with a promotional video featuring Arsenal legend Vieira, who won three Premier League titles with the club.
And eagle-eyed fans noticed the message the Frenchman sent to Gunners midfielder Thomas Partey in the clip.
During one segment in the video, Vieira says in his native tongue: “Play for the name on the front of the shirt…”
In response, Ghanaian Partey responds: “And they will remember the name on the back!”
The quote is a famous one in football, but it is widely believed to have been coined by Highbury hero Tony Adams, another former Arsenal captain.
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The exchange between Vieira and Partey catches the eye because the latter has often been compared to the World Cup winner since joining from Atletico Madrid last summer.
Ray Parlour pointed out similarities in the duo’s styles of play while speaking on talkSPORT , saying: “You can see he has got all the attributes to be like a Patrick Vieira.
“If he gets anywhere near Patrick Vieira we have had a right result as an Arsenal fan!
“They knew what they were buying there – a very strong player that we lacked in that area – but let’s not get carried away, let’s give him a chance.”
Martin Keown also drew similar comparisons last year, telling BT Sport : “Partey playing tonight and making his debut, he’s a player in the mould of Patrick Vieira, and if he’s half as good as Patrick Vieira, then we’re in for a real treat. It’s the sort of physicality that Arsenal need.”
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