Thomas Partey joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day (Picture: Getty)
Arsenal’s deadline day signing Thomas Partey is the perfect player to reinvigorate Mikel Arteta’s midfield engine room, according to the Ghanaian’s international team-mate Andy Yiadom.
The 27-year-old completed his move to the Gunners on Monday after the FA Cup holders decided to activate his £45million release clause, much to the disgust of Atletico.
Arteta had been desperate to strengthen his midfield during the transfer window and although he retained the services of Dani Ceballos, who returned for another year-long loan spell from Real Madrid, he had become heavily reliant on the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny in the early weeks of the season.
Partey is recognised nominally as a defensive midfielder, but Yiadom believes he is capable of starring in a more advanced position and offer some of the creativity that another of Arteta’s targets, Houssem Aouar, would have done had he not remained at Lyon.
‘He grabs the game by the scruff of the neck,’ Yiadom told Goal. “He has a lot of qualities.