Yes! Mikel Arteta has manage to get his transfer target, but the Arsenal manager is having serious headache as to whether he should include Thomas Partey in his matchday squad ahead of the Gunners titanic clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The Ghanaian midfielder – Thomas Teye Partey arrived at Arsenal on Tuesday having completed his much publcised move on transfer deadline day in a deal worth £45 million [€50 million], but may not get a place in Arteta’s starting line-up as he’s yet to settle with his colleagues.
“Well he was here just yesterday, he is getting familiar with everything around the club,” the manager said in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday.
“Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him. We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days.”
“I have seen the buzz around the place, the fans are really happy, I have seen some really positive reactions after we bought him, the same with the team, the squad and the staff. I think he is a player we had the radar on for a long time and we have managed to bring him in and I think he will be a really important addition to the team.
“He got to know some of his team-mates [already]. Not all of them, because some are still on international duty but we will have everyone back today and it will be a good day for him to get to know everyone.”
According to Arsene Wenger, foreign players need six months to adapt to the Premier League but Mikel Arteta holds the view that it’s something individual:
“I think it is something very individual, depending on many factors,” he said.
“How they settle first of all here in the city with their family, whether they speak the language or not, whether their qualities fit the team and the Premier League more straight away or if they need some adaptation and some development in those areas.
“It is very particular, you see some players adapt really quickly and some others taking a long time.”