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Arsenal technical director Edu reveals the secret reason why they signed Thomas Partey

Published on: 05 October 2020
Arsenal technical director Edu reveals the secret reason why they signed Thomas Partey
Thomas Partey will wear the No 18 jersey at Arsenal

Arsenal technical director Edu has revealed that the supreme leadership qualities as well as the immense talent of midfielder Thomas Partey is the reason why signed the Ghana midfielder.

The Gunners chief was reacting in excitement over their signing of Ghana deputy captain following the midfielder's move from Atletico Madrid on Monday night.

The 27-year-old signed a five-year contract at English giants Arsenal on Monday to end months of speculation over the move of the versatile player to England.

The Gunners have been on the heels of the Atletico Madrid midfielder since the transfer market was opened two months ago.

Partey underwent a successful medical examination in Madrid on Monday before putting pen to paper on deal until 2025, and will pocket £250,000 as weekly wages.

Arsenal have got their man on transfer deadline day after Mikel Arteta's men agreed to meet his £45 million buy-out clause.

“Thomas has all the right attributes to be a top player for Arsenal. He is a leader on and off the pitch and he is exactly the kind of player and person we want at the club," Arsenal technical director Edu revealed.

"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.”

Partey joined Atletico Madrid in 2011 and broke into their first team squad four years later.

The midfielder played 35 matches for the La Liga side last season and scored three goals in the process even though he played in deep midfield which limits his creativity.

Partey is the sixth playefr to sign a permanent deal with Arsenal this season following the signing of Willian, Pablo Mari, Alex Rúnarsson, Gabriel and Cédric Soares.

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