Arsenal were linked with Thomas Partey right from the start of the transfer window and it looked as though he would come in to give the side some much needed stability. Weeks and then months went by and with Arsenal still refusing to trigger his release clause, the deal looked as if it was going to fall through. Attention quickly turned to the Aouar deal and when that was pronounced off, what started out to be a good transfer window for Arsenal took a dim turn. It was only on deadline day that Arsenal announced they were to trigger the clause, and so the deal was done in the most ‘Arsenal’ way possible, scrambling it over the line with just a few hours remaining.
Overall, I would say it has been a successful transfer window for us. We started out with a big name target and putting everything aside, we signed him. For me, a physical defensive midfielder is something that the club have been in need of for years. Not only does he fit that profile, but he’s been playing at the highest level for an Atletico Madrid team that oozes defensive stability.
Will he cause Arteta to change the system? This obviously remains to be seen but Thomas Partey will be more then capable of playing in both the 5-2-3 and 4-3-3 systems. What I am hoping to see is that Partey will sure things up for us defensively and provide the likes of Ceballos with more opportunities to get forward and impact the game in the way that we all know he can. Similarly to Guardiola, controlling opposition counter attacks is a big part of Arteta’s plans and so Partey should prove useful in that department as well. We’ve started the season well and got the man that we set out to sign so for me things at Arsenal are looking up.