Mikel Arteta is expecting Arsenal new signing Thomas Partey to give his side a lot of ‘adaptability’ and ‘balance’.

The Gunners completed the signing of the Ghanaian international on transfer deadline day, paying the La Liga club Atletico Madrid £52.5million for his services.

Partey, 27, has penned a four-year contract at the Emirates worth a whopping £260,000-a-week.

The arrival of the combative Ghana international has given Arsenal some much-needed bite in the heart of their midfield park.

Head coach Mikel Arteta is looking forward to the midfielder showcasing his defensive qualities but foresees him having a more profound effect on Arsenal’s counter attacking transitions.

‘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,’ the Spaniard told Arsenal’s official website.

‘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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