Thomas Partey may make his Arsenal debut this weekend after lastly becoming a member of the membership from Atletico Madrid on deadline day.
Partey was on the Gunners’ radar all summer time however they’d refused to satisfy his £45million launch clause earlier than dramatically performing a U-Flip on the final minute.
“We’ve been watching Thomas for some time, so we’re now delighted so as to add such a top quality participant to our squad,” supervisor Mikel Arteta mentioned.
“He’s a dynamic midfielder with nice power. He brings plenty of expertise from a prime membership that has competed on the highest stage in La Liga and the Champions League for a number of years.
“We’re very impressed along with his perspective and his strategy to the sport. He’s an clever footballer and we’re trying ahead to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re constructing for the time being on the membership.”
Arsenal tackle Manchester City on Saturday night – a sport stay on talkSPORT – and Partey may nicely begin for his new membership in an enormous sport.
Right here, talkSPORT.com takes a take a look at what he’ll convey to Arsenal…
Why has he joined Arsenal?
Partey was additionally linked with Chelsea over the summer time however Arsenal had been the one membership significantly in for him and that was the place he needed to go.
He’s a boyhood Gunners fan and has spoken publicly about his need to play in England at some point. At 27, he needs a brand new problem.
He was determined to affix what was then Unai Emery’s facet final summer time, however the membership had been unwilling to fork out the exit price.
In an interview with ESPN final summer time, the Ghana worldwide mentioned: “The Premier League is an efficient league, it’s very aggressive and has among the greatest gamers on the earth.
“Hopefully, at some point. I want to play there. My brokers are on it so I’ll go away all the pieces for them.”
What sort of participant is he?
The holding position has advanced through the years, a lot that the basic box-to-box midfielder is an growing rarity.
Most groups cut up the tasks in midfield amongst two, or perhaps three, gamers today – however Partey does all of it.
The Ghanaian’s stats reveal an entire midfielder who’s equally succesful in each defence and assault.
In final season’s Champions League, Partey has averaged 3.6 tackles per sport and 1.5 interceptions, offering glorious safety for his again 4.
Then in assault, he makes 1.6 key passes and completes nearly two dribbles per 90, which is quite spectacular for somebody in his place.
Partey can preserve issues ticking over, too. He was making greater than 60 passes per sport on this season’s Champions League.
All of these qualities had been on present as he dominated Liverpool’s midfield through the 1-Zero victory on the Wanda Metropolitano in February.
The 27-year-old has been one of many important causes Diego Simeone’s facet have been so stable in defence since his emergence in 2015.
And the extra you watch him, the extra you realise that £45m is an absolute discount in immediately’s market.
What have the specialists mentioned?
Simeone is a big fan of his and can no-doubt be desperately disillusioned that Partey has left this summer time.
Again in January 2019, the Argentine boss claimed the midfielder may’ve simply performed for both of the 2 huge Manchester golf equipment.
SImeone mentioned: “Thomas is a tremendous participant. He may have performed for Manchester City [or] Manchester United.
“We’re speaking about an ideal participant right here. I price him very extremely.”
Simeone additionally believes Partey has gone below the radar as a result of he arrived from Ghana and got here by way of Atleti’s academy.
“I may say so many issues [about Thomas], however with a few of them I’ve to close up,” Simeone mentioned in October final 12 months.
“I’m very proud of Thomas. If he had come from an English or German crew, he can be [lauded] however he’s from the academy and he’s simply Thomas.
“He has been working for a few years, continuous.”
European soccer professional Andy Brassell believes he’ll be an ideal signing for Arsenal, including: “I feel individuals take a look at him and stereotype him typically as a tackler and a powerful man, and he does have a little bit of that facet to him, however he’s extraordinarily sleek on the ball.
“He’s good at dribbling spherical individuals, he’s good at going by way of the gears and he’s good at pulling the crew ahead.
“So I feel that will be very, very helpful for Arsenal.”
How he’ll slot in at Arsenal?
Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta wasn’t a fan of Matteo Guendouzi or Lucas Torreira, transferring each these gamers out on deadline day, whereas Granit Xhaka’s issues on the Emirates have been well-documented.
Actual Madrid’s Dani Ceballos re-joined on mortgage however added midfield depth was excessive on Arteta’s want checklist.
Lengthy story brief, Arsenal desperately wanted a participant like Partey.
The membership have been criticised for his or her defensive frailties in latest seasons, however Gunners legend Sol Campbell believes their true downside lies in midfield.
He informed talkSPORT earlier this season: “For me, it’s the controlling of the sport. The center of the park is the place they’re missing.
“The steeliness and the steadiness simply isn’t there. It’s the center of the park, you win or lose plenty of video games there.
“You possibly can have a powerful again or a powerful entrance, however for those who haven’t obtained a center that’s actually stable, then you may have forwards dropping too deep as a result of they’re not getting fed and defenders doing an excessive amount of.
“You get much less assaults in opposition to you [with a stronger midfield], since you management the sport extra and you’ve got the ball extra.
“You win second balls and also you don’t give foolish fouls away. Sure, you’ve obtained to kind out the again. However in the midst of the park, they’ve obtained to get somebody stable.”
Partey is that man, he’s been doing that very job at Atletico Madrid for years and he’s now in his prime at 27.
He may very well be a gamechanging signing for Arsenal…