Francis Cagigao, Arsenal’s former head of international scouting, says Thomas Partey had to play “with the handbrake on” at Atletico Madrid and thinks the Ghana international will bring more than just protection to Mikel Arteta’s midfield.
The Gunners spent €50 million recruiting the 27-year-old from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day following an extended courtship that started with regular in-person scouting missions by Cagigao’s team.
The 51-year-old, who was let go in August, now expects Partey to be a success at the Emirates.
In an interview with Chris Wheatley of Football.London, he said: “It’s in the public domain that he [Partey] is a player we’ve looked at for a very long time and a player we recommended very strongly in the past and recent past.
“He’ll bring qualities to the side that are possibly lacking in that position, he’ll certainly bring more cover and protection in areas where the team possibly needs it.
“I would also say that he’s a player who has possibly a lot more to offer than what we’ve already seen of him.
“He had a little bit of a restricted role at his previous club and sometimes played with the handbrake on – to use one of Arsene’s expressions – and I think that he’s going to be a very, very good addition to what is already an immensely strong squad.”
There are lots of interesting snippets from Cagigao in the full interview. It’s well worth your time. Find it here.