Arteta reveals why new Arsenal signing Partey was his top target

Arteta is delighted with Partey’s arrival (Picture: Arsenal)

Mikel Arteta has admitted Arsenal were a ‘little bit short’ in midfield, and new signing Thomas Partey will fill that void with his strong personality and tactical versatility.

The Gunners activated Partey’s £45 million release clause on deadline day to bring Arteta’s top priority target in from Atletico Madrid.

The 27-year-old enjoyed five years in Atletico’s first team, getting to the Champions League semi-finals in 2015-16 and coming third in La Liga last season.

Partey arrives with plenty of experience behind him (Picture: Getty Images)

With just Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and loanee Dani Ceballos the only other central midfielders in the squad, the Ghana international was a much-needed acquisition.

When asked why he was so keen on Partey, Arteta told the club’s official website: ‘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.

‘We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and…