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Partey targets Premier League title challenge

Arsenal’s new £45m ‘octopus’ ready to make debut away at Manchester City on Saturday

15 October, 2020

Thomas Partey wants to help the Gunners get ‘back where they belong’. Photo: Anna Nessie

ARSENAL look set to unleash their new £45m “octopus” on Saturday when they return to Premier League action away at Manchester City.

Deadline-day signing Thomas Partey arrived at the Gunners’ training ground for the first time on Tuesday following international duty, and instantly declared that he wants to help the club get “back where they belong”.

The Ghana midfielder revealed that the “exciting” plans that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu shared with him convinced him that the time was right to leave Atletico Madrid.

And if the fans get to see a glimpse of the qualities that earned Partey a very unique nickname during a loan spell with Spanish side Almeria, then any aspirations to make Arsenal title challenges once again might not be that far-fetched.

Partey explained: “I always say, if I would be an animal, I would be an octopus. I remember when I was in Almeria they called me ‘the octopus’ because I stole a lot of balls.”

Revealing his joy at moving to north London, the 27-year-old added: “Arteta was very important for the move. Him and Edu told me about their plans and it was so exciting, so I had to accept it.

“The manager has seen me play and knows what I can bring to the team. I think that he watched me at Atletico and wants me to bring the same to this team.

“I think I have to be quick [to adapt] and learn everything as fast as I can. I have to do everything I can in training and make him see me and that I’m ready to play for him.

“It’s a great challenge. I want to experience new challenges. I’m ready to give it my all and help the club get back to where it belongs.”

Targeting silverware, Partey continued: “Everybody is wanting to win all the trophies that can be won. That’s my goal also.”

Partey’s arrival has already sparked a host of “party” memes on social media. But the player was quick to point out that when it comes to the back of his number 18 shirt this season, there is no Partey to go to.

He said: “I’ve seen there are ‘Parteys’ everywhere. Even the club photographer asked me why I don’t have Partey on the back of my shirt.

“But I started out in Spain as Thomas and people are familiar with that. Thomas is my Christian name and my parents are Christians.

“They pray every day and when you are born into a home like that, you get used to the culture.”

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