Thomas Partey’s move to the Premier League was confirmed late last night in one of the most unexpected “deadline day” transfers of all time.
Yesterday morning, Gunners fan had little to no hope of bringing in a marquee signing to the club following the club’s failed to reach agreement with Lyon over Houssem Aouar deal.
But early in the afternoon, reports surfaced online that the Gunners were willing to activate Partey’s £45m release clause after scouting the Ghana international for around two years.
By 11:15pm, the medicals were complete, the contract was freshly inked and the deal had been officially announced by both clubs.
Welcome to the Partey! 🥳
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 5, 2020
Gunners fans across social media were jubilant at the signing of Thomas Partey, as they know the potential arrival of Ghanaian international will take Mikel Arteta’s squad to the next level.
A combative midfielder blessed with great composure, skill, footballing intelligence and a keen eye for a pass, the Arsenal – after over a decade – may finally have found their Patrick Vieira replacement.
So to celebrate the begins of “Thomas Partey Time” in north London, we’re going to revisit the 27-year-old’ most iconic performance to date against Liverpool in last season’s Uefa Champions League.
Atletico shocked the world by beating Jurgen Klopp’s men 3-2 at Anfield and Thomas Partey was Diego Simeone’s driving force throughout. You can watch the midfield maestro’s full highlight from the game below.
After all, it was Jurgen Klopp’s side who dominated the ball that night, but Partey’s contribution in the face of an onslaught from a world-class opponent was simply stunning.
He was persistently in the right place when Atletico’s back were against the wall, while his simple, yet effective passing helped the Spanish capital club deliver swift counterpunches.
Thomas Partey really is the definition of a “complete midfielder” and his work under Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital will all but certainly provide Arsenal with an extra edge in big games going forward.
After the international break, Mikel Arteta’s side will face Manchester City at the Etihad, the perfect stage for Thomas Partey to show the world why £45m for a player of his ilk is an absolute bargain.