Thomas Partey highlights Arteta’s importance in Arsenal switch


Thomas Partey joins Arsenal

One of the more high-profile moves on deadline day, of course, saw Arsenal clinch the services of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

The midfielder had been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates throughout the summer.

However, when deadline day rolled around, no move had been secured. There were even reports on the day suggesting that Partey looked unlikely to make a switch to the Emirates.

But right at the very end of deadline day, news was finally forthcoming that the Gunners had completed a move for the Ghana international:

Partey on Arteta

The Arsenal faithful are, of course, yet to see their star man in action.

However, you would assume the midfielder will be afforded some minutes this coming weekend when Arsenal face off with Manchester City.

Ahead of that tie, Partey has provided some insight into his decision to join Arsenal.

As confirmed by Partey’s father recently, the African had interest from a number of high-profile clubs this summer.

But when speaking recently, Partey highlighted Arteta, Edu and their plans as a key factor in him accepting the offer from Arsenal:

“Arteta was very important [for the move].

“Him and (technical director) Edu told me about their plans and it was so exciting, so I had to accept it.

“[The manager] has seen me play and knows what I can bring to the team. I think he watched me at Atletico and wants me to bring the same to this team.

“I think I have to be quick [to adapt] and learn everything as fast as I can. I have to do everything I have to do in training and make him see me and that I’m ready to play for him.

“It’s a great challenge. I want to experience new challenges. I’m ready to give it my all and help the club get back to where it belongs.”

Quotes via Sky Sports News.

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