Arsenal enjoyed a busy summer transfer window, with several new arrivals.
Willian joined on a free transfer after his contract at Chelsea expired, whilst Gabriel Magalhaes was signed from Lille to bolster Arsenal’s defensive options.
The departure of Emi Martinez to Aston Villa left a vacancy which was filled by Runar Alex Runarsson, who arrived from French club Dijon.
Cedric and Pablo Mari turned their loan moves into permanent deals, but the Gunners saved their biggest deal until last with the signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
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The Ghana international joined after Arsenal finally agreed to activate his £45million release clause.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said Partey will be a key addition to his side.
“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 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.”
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