Arsenal's £45m capture of Thomas Partey hailed by fellow new boy

‘It shows the world what we are about’: Arsenal’s £45m capture of Thomas Partey hailed by fellow new boy Runar Alex Runarsson as he claims signing highlights Gunners’ Premier League and Champions League ambitions

  • Thomas Partey arrived at Arsenal in a deadline day deal worth £45million
  • The Ghanaian will provide much-needed grit and power to Arsenal’s midfield
  • Partey is in line to make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City on Saturday
  • Fellow new boy Runar Alex Runarsson has since hailed the arrival of Partey 

Arsenal’s new goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson has hailed the £45million signing of Thomas Partey, claiming it showed a statement of intent both domestically and on the European front.

The Gunners captured the Ghanaian midfielder from Atletico Madrid on deadline day, ending a positive summer transfer window following the earlier arrivals of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes.

And another fellow Arsenal new boy, Runarsson, whose signing went under the radar after joining as Bernd Leno’s back-up in a £1.6m deal from Dijon, has revealed his delight at the arrival of Partey.

Thomas Partey is gearing up for his Arsenal debut after making the £45m move from Atletico

‘I was so excited because it shows everybody the ambition that the club has: that we want to go back to compete for the Premier League and Champions League,’ Runarsson told Goal.

‘We want to take part in all the major competitions, and not just take part but win. To sign Thomas, it just shows the world what we are all about.’ 

Partey will soon join up with his new Arsenal team-mates for the first time after finishing international duty with Ghana.

And the 27-year-old is in line to make his debut for the Gunners away at Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

Partey will provide Mikel Arteta with much-needed grit and power in the heart of midfield, characteristics Arsenal have lacked in recent seasons.  

Runar Alex Runarsson has hailed Arsenal’s deadline day capture of the Ghanaian midfielder

Meanwhile, Runarsson himself is hoping to make an impact in north London after replacing Emiliano Martinez this summer.

And he has admitted he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Martinez, insisting he will work his ‘a*** off’ in order to get game-time for the Gunners.

‘I read an interview with him a couple of days ago and he said he came in as the ninth-choice goalkeeper, but he worked his a*** off to become the first-choice at Arsenal after Leno’s injury,’ he added. 

‘Then, he makes a brilliant move to Aston Villa for £20m. That should inspire everyone, not just me. 

‘That’s my plan: to work my a*** off, enjoy every minute of it and get as many games as possible.’ 

Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal side have got off to a strong start in the Premier League




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