Midfielder Thomas Partey excited about Arteta's plans at Arsenal.

Partey excited about new challenges in the English top flight.

Shirts featuring the name of Arsenal's new signing Thomas Partey on display in the Armoury store at Emirates Stadium [Getty]


Arsenal's new signing Thomas Partey has revealed that Mikel Arteta's "exciting" plans for the North London club was key in his decision to join the Gunners.

The 27-year-old who sealed a moved from LaLiga side Atletico Madrid to Arsenal on the final day of the transfer window, says he is excited about his new challenge in the Premier League, admitting that he has to adapt to the English top flight as soon as possible.

The Ghana international arrived at the Gunners' training ground for the first time on Tuesday after international duty and could make his debut against Manchester City this weekend.

"Arteta was very important [for the move]," he said. "Him and (technical director) Edu told me about their plans and it was so exciting, so I had to accept it.

"[The manager] has seen me play and knows what I can bring to the team. I think he watched me at Atletico and wants me to bring the same to this team.

"I think I have to be quick [to adapt] and learn everything as fast as I can. I have to do everything I have to do in training and make him see me and that I'm ready to play for him.

"It's a great challenge. I want to experience new challenges. I'm ready to give it my all and help the club get back to where it belongs."

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