Arteta delighted to have ‘intelligent’ Partey

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he is delighted to have Thomas Partey in his ranks after the Ghanaian signed a long term deal on transfer deadline day.

The Ghana deputy captain, who has been handed the Number 18 shirt at Arsenal, made the move from Atletico Madrid to North London after the Gunners activated his release clause, following a summer-long chase.

And Arteta, who has supervised a superb Arsenal start to the season, said: “We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad. 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.”

Partey made 188 appearances for Atletico Madrid in his time in Spain but there has always been a sense that he is destined for a high profile move.

He has grown in stature with the Black Stars of Ghana and the Arsenal move is expected to cement his growing reputation in the country.


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