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Thomas Partey opens up on Arsenal switch from Atletico

Thomas Partey has revealed that Mikel Arteta’s “exciting” plans helped him decide to join Arsenal from La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

The new signing arrived at the Gunners’ training ground for the first time on Tuesday after international duty and could make his debut against Manchester City this weekend.

The Ghana midfielder completed a £45m move from Atletico Madrid on Deadline Day and admits he must adapt quickly to the rigours of the Premier League.

“Arteta was very important [for the move],” he said. “Him and (technical director) 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 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 have to do 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.”

Partey is hoping to help Arsenal get back competing for major trophies after Arteta won the FA Cup in his first season as a manager, following his switch from being Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.

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That includes the Premier League title, but Partey said: “It’s something that will be difficult.

“But we will be working towards it. I think we are ready. We have to go all out to try and achieve.”

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