The Gunners’ hopes of landing Partey appeared dead in the water before they revived their interest in the final few hours of the transfer window and triggered a £45million release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid.
The Ghanaian put pen to paper on a four-year deal and will be on wages of around £250,000-a-week in north London, making him Arsenal’s third highest-paid player behind Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Though Partey could be in line to make his debut at Manchester City this weekend, he’s yet to join up with his new team-mates for training as he’s been on international duty with Ghana.
But Partey caught a flight to the UK after providing a pair of assists in Ghana’s 5-1 victory over Qatar on Monday and has now finally been pictured in his new kit as Arsenal shared a short clip on their social media pages.
‘Wow! This is so cool, so nice,’ Partey said as he set eyes on his new red and white shirt and held it aloft.
‘So great, man.’
The number has been vacant since Nacho Monreal left the club to join Real Sociedad back in August 2019.
Sebastien Squillaci and Mikael Silvestre wore the shirt before the Spain left-back.
In an interview with Arsenal’s official website last week, Arteta revealed the club had been tracking Partey for some time and hailed the midfielder’s personality and versatility.
‘We identified him a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the squad, you know more about where you think you can improve it,’ the Arsenal head coach said.
‘We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and positional options that he can give to the team.
‘I have a few things in mind that I want to start to train with the team and [Partey’s signing] is going to give us a little bit more adaptability and more balance in defending and attacking transitions and the way we have to set up certain structures to attack better in certain moments of the game.’