Mikel Arteta says Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke proved their backing for him with “big funds” to secure Thomas Partey’s signature on deadline day.
Partey’s £45million signature was a remarkable deadline day swoop for Arsenal, particularly after the Gunners had failed to sell the fringe players who could have helped fund his signing. Despite that they made the sizeable commitment to secure the Ghanaian, paying his buyout price in one sum at a time where most new players are paid for over multiple windows.
football.london revealed when Arsenal activated the purchase clause in Partey’s Atletico Madrid contract that Kroenke had offered his own backing of the deal. However the exact proportion of the fee paid by the 73-year-old, who has wanted the club to be self-sustaining without his investment, was not clear.
It remains the case that the specifics of Kroenke’s support are unknown but Arteta’s statement acts as a ringing endorsement of the manager’s work so far at Arsenal. Similarly it could help to change the view of the owner among some supporters, who have long bemoaned his failure to back the Gunners with his own funds.
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“It is good that sometimes words are not enough,” Arteta said.
“I think you asked me the day before or two days before [the transfer window shut] if I felt that we had the backing and we had the right connections with the ownership, if they were involved and willing to do as much as possible to help the squad. I said yes and that I was very, very convinced about that.
“Even if that [signing Partey] wouldn’t have happened, I would have still said the same thing. But they showed this time, with big funds, that they are here and they are really committed to what we are trying to do.”
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