Arsenal chief Edu has outlined exactly how they plan on getting the best out of new signing Thomas Partey.

The Ghana international has signed from Atletico Madrid right at the end of the transfer window.

With minutes to spare on deadline day, the Gunners confirmed the arrival of Partey.

It will no doubt delight Mikel Arteta who had made the 27-year-old his top target when the market opened.

He will provide the steel and power that the Spaniard craved in midfield, with him viewing the current crop as a soft touch.

And there is already a clear plan on how to incorporate Partey into the first-team.


“Thomas has all the right attributes to be a top player for Arsenal,” Edu said.

“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.”

Arsenal agreed to fork out his £52.5m buyout clause and have handed the 27-year-old a £220,000-a-week contract on a four-year deal, with an option for another season.


The transfer also includes a £2.5m signing-on fee and Partey’s agent will receive a 10 per agent commission.

Arteta added: “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.”