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Thomas Partey to Arsenal official; Arteta, Edu react

Thomas Partey to Arsenal

Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi (R) challenges Atletico Madrid’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey and Atletico Madrid’s Argentine forward Angel Correa (L) during the Spanish League football match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on June 30, 2020. (Photo by Lluis GENE / AFP) (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

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Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are thrilled to make Thomas Partey to Arsenal official after paying the player’s $58.8 million release clause.

Thomas, 27, had a contract through 2023 with Atletico Madrid and La Liga’s mainstays are unhappy that he’s left the Spanish capital. Earlier reports claimed Atleti offered ton double the Ghanaian’s wages.

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Arteta and technical director Edu made special effort to mention the Ghanaian defensive midfielder’s mindset and leadership.

From, here’s the Arsenal manager:

“We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”

Arsenal says Thomas will wear No. 18, last worn by Nacho Monreal.

With Gabriel Magalhaes running the defense behind Partey and Granit Xhaka, Arsenal’s unit is an increasingly aggressive and athletic unit.

“Thomas has all the right attributes to be a top player for Arsenal,” Edu said. “He is a leader on and off the pitch and he is exactly the kind of player and person we want at the club.”

This is a big deal for Arsenal, as the player was wanted by plenty of clubs after being linked with Chelsea earlier this summer.