Thomas Partey gave Arsenal his honest view on Granit Xhaka in transfer talks

Thomas Partey is finally an Arsenal player – and details regarding his secret meeting with club chiefs prior to his transfer have come to light.

The Gunners eventually paid Partey’s release clause to sign him from Atletico Madrid just moments before the transfer deadline.

According to The Athletic, the Ghanaian midfielder first spoke to now-axed head scout Francis Cagigao over a move several years ago.

It is claimed they discussed his role at length over lunch and Partey ‘talked admirably’ about new team-mate Granit Xhaka.

He is said to have expressed his belief that he could form a strong midfield partnership with the Swiss international which could now come to fruition under Mikel Arteta.



Thomas Partey reportedly expressed his positive view of Granit Xhaka in Arsenal talks

Arsenal believe they have landed a genuinely world class talent, who is keen to line-up as a deep-lying midfielder alongside Xhaka.

However, Arteta could use Partey’s arrival to switch to a midfield trio with Partey’s physicality enabling him to line-up alongside Xhaka and Dani Ceballos.

After signing Partey, Arteta said: “We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad.



Partey will look to form a strong partnership with Xhaka in Arsenal’s midfield

“He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years.

“We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”

Partey will link-up with his new team-mates for the first time next week after flying straight from Madrid to international duty.

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