Mikel Arteta has confirmed Thomas Partey is desperate to make his Arsenal debut in Saturday’s heavyweight Premier League clash against Manchester City, but admits the club’s new £45million singing will need to make an instant impression in his first training session if he is to be selected.
After appearing to have missed out on their primary midfield transfer targets, Arsenal moved decisively on deadline day to activate Partey’s £45million release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.
The 27-year-old is eligible to make his debut this weekend but will only have had a short time to get up to speed with is new manager’s demands having been away on international duty with Ghana for the past fortnight.
‘Well he was here just yesterday, he is getting familiar with everything around the club,’ confirmed Arteta at his pre-match press conference.
‘Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him. We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days.
‘I have seen the buzz around the place, the fans are really happy, I have seen some really positive reactions after we bought him, the same with the team, the squad and the staff.
‘I think he is a player we had the radar on for a long time and we have managed to bring him in and I think he will be a really important addition to the team.
‘He got to know some of his team-mates [already]. Not all of them, because some are still on international duty but we will have everyone back today and it will be a good day for him to get to know everyone.’
‘I think it is something very individual, depending on many factors,’ he added. ‘How they settle first of all here in the city with their family, whether they speak the language or not, whether their qualities fit the team and the Premier League more straight away or if they need some adaptation and some development in those areas.
‘It is very particular, you see some players adapt really quickly and some others taking a long time.’