Arsenal star Thomas Partey has been pictured with his new club’s shirt for the first time. Partey completed his £45million move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day. The Gunners finally coughed up the 27-year-old’s release clause to prise him away from Atletico Madrid.
After signing for Arsenal, Partey immediately went on international duty with Ghana.
The midfielder was part of the 3-0 loss to Mali and 5-1 win over Qatar on Monday.
But now Partey is back with his new club ahead of a potential debut at Manchester City this Saturday (5.30pm).
Arsenal fans have been desperate to see their new signing in their club’s colours.
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And the Gunners’ social media account has continued to tease supporters.
On Tuesday afternoon they tweeted a video of Partey ahead of a photoshoot.
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Partey walked into the room and picked up the Arsenal shirt that was laid on a chair, with ‘Thomas 18’ printed on the back.
And he was clearly in good spirits, smiling and saying: “Wow. This is so good, so nice. So great, man.”
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Arsenal were linked with Partey throughout the summer window before finally getting a deal done just before the deadline.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta believes the former Atletico star can allow his team to play different formations and says he is a player he has tracked for some time.
“We identified him a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the squad, you know more about where you think you can improve it,” Arteta told Arsenal.com.
“We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and positional options that he can give to the team.
“I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a squad where, in midfield, I think we were a little bit short.
“I have a few things in mind that I want to start to train with the team and [Partey’s signing] is going to give us a little bit more adaptability and more balance in defending and attacking transitions and the way we have to set up certain structures to attack better in certain moments of the game.”
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