Thomas Partey has signed for Arsenal on switch deadline day, the Premier League membership have confirmed.
Partey, the Ghana midfielder, joins from Atletico Madrid after making almost 200 appearances for the Spanish membership, having graduated from their academy and developed into one among Europe’s most highly-rated gamers.
The 27-year-old was one among Arsenal’s high targets all summer season – together with Houssem Aouar – and after admitting defeat of their hunt to signal the Lyon midfielder, the Gunners moved rapidly for Partey.
They rushed to get the deal over the road earlier than Monday’s 11pm deadline, and succeeded in doing so with Partey formally Arsenal’s latest recruit, becoming a member of after his £45million launch clause was activated.
He arrives in north London as one of the vital lauded midfielders in European soccer, establishing his repute as a superb all-rounder who influences each the offensive and defensive phases of the sport.
A Soccer Whispers scout report revealed earlier this 12 months greatest encapsulates Partey’s abilities, calling him ‘a one-man wrecking ball who simply so occurs to have the ability to play soccer’.
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He has made 188 appearances for Atleti, scoring 16 objectives, and leaves the Wanda Metropolitano with two honours – the Europa League and UEFA Tremendous Cup, each gained in 2018.
Partey’s whole profession has been spent enjoying underneath Diego Simeone, who will rue shedding one among his most essential gamers.
“Thomas is a tremendous participant,” Simeone has beforehand stated of the midfielder. “He might have performed for Manchester City [or] Manchester United.
“We’re speaking about an awesome participant right here. I fee him very extremely.”
Simeone additionally believes the already 27-year-old Partey has gone underneath the radar attributable to being from Ghana and coming by Atleti’s academy.
“I might say so many issues [about Thomas], however with a few of them I’ve to close up,” Simeone stated in October final 12 months.
“I’m very proud of Thomas.
“If he had come from an English or German workforce, he can be [lauded] however he’s from the academy and he’s simply Thomas.
“He has been working for a few years, continuous.”
Former Premier League captain Gabby Agbonlahor believes Partey is the signing to ‘assure’ Arsenal a high 4 end this season.
“Arsenal want that defensive midfielder who’s going to tidy up and spot hazard,” stated the ex-Aston Villa skipper on Sky Sports activities.
“In the event that they do pay it [Partey’s release clause] you may assure Arsenal will end within the high 4, as a result of of their squad that’s the one place I really feel they’re lacking out on.”
The Gunners at present sit fourth within the embryonic Premier League desk, behind Everton, Aston Villa and Leicester with three wins and one defeat from their 4 matches up to now.