Thomas Partey to help Arsenal play various formations and ‘certain structures’

Thomas Partey’s role at Arsenal has been hinted at by Mikel Arteta, suggesting the midfielder will help the Gunners play “different formations”.

The Ghanian signed for the north London side on transfer deadline day after his £45m release clause at Atletico Madrid was activated.

With nearly 200 games for the La Liga giants that include Champions League experience, the midfielder’s move has been praised by pundits.

And Arteta has described how the 27-year-old will provide more versatility to his Arsenal side.

Speaking on the club’s official website, Arteta said: “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.

"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 think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a squad where, in midfield, I think we were a little bit short.

"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."

This echoes the words of Avram Grant, the former Chelsea boss who worked with Partey in the Ghana national team.

“He’s a very good player who can bring balance,” he told Sky Sports.

“He can control the ball and will not give it away.

“He has a high percentage of good passes on the pitch and is also very strong, winning the ball from other teams.

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“He will not score a lot of goals. He will score some and bring some assists to the team.

“But his strength is to give balance, which is very important today in football.

“When you have a good attack but no defence, you will not win anything. Arsenal’s defence is more solid now, so he can bring the balance to the team.”

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