The Ghanaian completed a deadline day move to the Emirates after Arsenal made a late decision to activate the release clause in his old contract with Atletico Madrid, depositing £45million in full.
Partey had always been Mikel Arteta’s top target over the summer, while the midfielder was keen to test himself in the Premier League, though the prospect of playing in the Europa League next season could have derailed the deal.
According to the 27-year-old’s dad, Partey was apprehensive about dropping out of the Champions League but was persuaded by his father to take on the task of returning Arsenal to Europe’s elite competition.
Speaking to Ghanaian outlet Joy Sports, Jacob Partey said: ‘I went to a coaching course so I have been reading the sports books and highlights and also other history about sports men and women, so I told him this thing is an opportunity that has come to pass some years back.
‘What I [noticed] was that he was [only] willing to play where there is Champions League but [I suggested to him that] can’t he be where there is no Champions League and help them get into the Champions League?
Partey’s father also revealed that Arsenal were not the only major club interested in signing him, with Chelsea also among the many suitors who were keen on the midfielder.
He added: ‘We actually weren’t disturbed by anything because we hoped a bigger team will come for Partey.
‘We were aware of the [other teams that were interested]: Juventus, Chelsea and so forth. So about all these we knew God was with us. From that minute we started to dance to “Party after Party”.’