Mikel Arteta has been discussing the benefits of Arsenal’s deadline day swoop for Thomas Partey.
The Gunners were heavily linked with a move for the Ghana international for much of the summer transfer window but left it late to seal a deal after triggering his £45m release clause at Atletico Madrid on Monday.
An official announcement came after 11pm on deadline day, and fans could get a first look at their new signing after the international break against Manchester City.
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Partey’s arrival provides the Arsenal midfield with an injection of quality.
So far this season, Arteta has rotated between Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, and Mohamed Elneny as a double pivot in a 3-4-3 formation, while Joe Willock is another option in the middle of the park.
But after sealing a move for Partey, Arteta has hinted at a formation change as he outlined why the 27-year-old was such a key target.
“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,” Arteta told Arsenal.com.
“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.”