Thomas Partey has spoken to Arsenal supporters for the first time since his dramatic deadline day transfer.
Mikel Arteta had pinpointed the Ghana international as one of his top targets for the summer window, but it took until the final hours of the window to trigger his Atletico Madrid release clause.
The north Londoners completed the signing of the central midfielder on Monday, paying Atleti £52.5million for his services.
Atleti were said to be furious with Partey, who reportedly completed a medical before club bosses were made aware of his imminent move.
And the Ghanaian said he ‘can’t wait to be part of’ the north London squad
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Partey did send a farewell to the Spanish club earlier this week, but hundreds of fans hijacked his post, suggesting he had abandoned his ‘family’.
He’s now welcomed himself to the Arsenal fanbase, to a much more positive reaction.
“Hello Gunners! Thanks so much for the love, the messages received,” he said in a video shared on the club’s official account.
“I can’t wait to be part of you guys, I can’t wait to join the team. It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this.
“Thanks so much to everyone for the love, I feel so grateful and I feel so amazed to be part of you.
Thomas Partey has sent his first message to fans as an Arsenal fans after his transfer to Atletico Madrid
“I can’t wait to join you guys. And don’t forget, no Thomas, no Partey!”
“He’s here and he’s perfect,” one excited Arsenal fan posted in reply.
A second said: “THOMAS I LOVE YOU ALREADY,” while a third claimed: “It’s so great to have the guy”.
“WE’RE WINNING THE QUADRUPLE,” another excited Gunner supporters predicted.
And a fourth simply said: “I’m so happy he’s here”.
Arteta is similarly excited to get Partey into his developing Arsenal squad,…