Arsenal: Thomas Partey is the missing piece to Mikel Arteta’s midfield

The Ghanaian is on his way to Arsenal after securing a 45 million move from Atletico Madrid, giving Mikel Arteta a quality box to box midfielder that can help this side make a push for a top-four finish

Although Arsenal wasn’t able to secure the signature of Lyon standout Houssem Aouar before the transfer window closed on Monday, they were able to bring in one of their top summer targets in midfielder Thomas Partey. Arsenal had been an admirer of the Ghanaian international for several months and after much speculation that he would actually leave Atletico, a deal crossed the line just before the window shut.

The Gunners have enjoyed an impressive start to the Premier League campaign, grabbing nine points of a possible twelve. Mikel Arteta has made a massive difference in the quality of this side in numerous ways, which showed towards the end of last term. Now, it’s all coming together at the Emirates, with the club adding numerous key players in the summer.

Having lengthened Dani Ceballos‘ loan spell from Real Madrid for another season, Partey should pair nicely beside him, depending on the formation that Arteta chooses. The former Atletico star had been a crucial part of Diego Simeone‘s side for half a decade before his move to England, proving to be a well-rounded midfielder who can defend well and also get up the pitch and contribute in the final third.

Goals are far and few between for Partey, but he has shown the ability to take long-range shots from outside the box and send top-notch through balls to his attackers. He’s also a tremendous passer and dribbler who can spray the ball all over the pitch. With Atletico, he was vital in providing extra protection for their backline throughout his tenure at the club, thanks to his natural defending abilities and physicality on the ball.

It’s very rare to find a traditional box to box midfielder nowadays, but Partey fits the bill. Arsenal lack solidity in the middle of the pitch and with this signing, they have immediately addressed the issue. He’s an experienced player who has competed at the top level for one of the world’s biggest clubs in Atletico under a fantastic coach and brings a competitive spirit to the Gunners.

It may take Partey some time to get his feet under him and get used to the Premier League, but there’s little doubt this is a crucial signing for Arsenal. At 27-years old, he’s in his prime as well. This is a massive boost to Arteta’s squad as they set their sights on a top-four finish.