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Partey should prove he’s ready to play for Arsenal – Arteta

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has said Thomas Partey has two training sessions to prove he is ready to feature for the Gunners in their Premier League match against Manchester City on Saturday.

The midfielder arrived from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline to bolster Arteta’s squad as he looks to challenge for trophies.

Arsenal will look to continue their good form against City and establish themselves as top four or even title contenders.

Partey – who signed for £45million on deadline day – will meet his team-mates for the first time on Thursday.

And Arteta has underlined it will be an important couple of training sessions for the midfielder if he wants to feature for Arsenal this weekend.

“He was here just yesterday (Wednesday), getting familiar with everything around the club. Today he will have his first training session,” Arteta said.

“Everything has to come really quickly for him.

“We knew that before we signed him. But he’s fit, he’s very willing to start playing. We will see how he goes in the next few days.”

Arteta also opened up on possibly leaving Mesut Ozil out of his Premier League squad, signalling the end at the club for the World Cup winner.

read also:New Arsenal man Partey aspiring to lift trophies with Gunners

He explained: “He wasn’t the only one that is not in the squad.

“It was a really difficult decision for me to make because to leave players out of the squad at that level where they know that they cannot get involved is really tough.

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