Mikel Arteta and Edu say they’ve been keeping tabs on Thomas Partey for a while and are delighted to bring him into the Arsenal fold.
The Gunners triggered the Ghana international’s €50 million release clause late on transfer deadline day and wrapped up the player’s medical and paperwork in double-quick time to beat the 11pm deadline.
The midfielder, who has been given the number 18 shirt, will now fly from Spain to Turkey to join up with his country for international duty before visiting London Colney for the first time ahead of our match with Manchester City on 17 October.
“We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad,” said Arteta.
“He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years.
“We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”
Technical director Edu echoed the manager’s positive words, adding: “Thomas has all the right attributes to be a top player for Arsenal. He is a leader on and off the pitch and he is exactly the kind of player and person we want at the club. We already feel like we know Thomas very well based on the work we have done analysing his performances closely in recent times.
“With his all-round game and positive aggressive style, he will be a brilliant addition to our squad. We’ve made a strong start to the season and we want to continue to build on this with Thomas now part of our club.”