Arsenal news: Thomas Partey spoke glowingly about Granit Xhaka during transfer talks

The Ghanaian midfielder is really excited to link up with his new club (Picture: Getty Images)

Thomas Partey believes he can build an excellent midfield relationship alongside Granit Xhaka at Arsenal and spoke glowingly about the Swiss star during transfer talks, according to reports.

The Gunners pulled off a remarkable deadline-day swoop for Partey, activating his £45million release clause and quickly hammering out the deal before the window closed on Monday.

Partey has shone for Atletico Madrid in recent seasons – and was particularly outstanding against Liverpool in the Champions League – and Arsenal believe they have landed a genuine world-class talent.

Arsenal bypassed Atletico and deposited Partey’s release clause with La Liga (Picture: Getty)

Although technical director Edu has been praised for his role in completing the deal, Arsenal actually first registered an interest in Partey several years ago when head of international scouting Francis Cagigao was still at the club.

According to The Athletic, it was the now axed scouting supremo who led the pursuit of Partey and actually spoke to him at length over lunch.

They discussed his style of play and…