Arsenal’s deadline activity in this summer’s transfer window was arguably their most tense since they signed Mesut Ozil seven years ago.
The Gunners managed to get a deal to sign Thomas Partey over the line in the final hour of the transfer window. The Ghanaian is tipped by many as the signing of the summer, and he showed his quality with a man of the match display in his first start for us last week.
Partey will prove to be an incredible signing for us, but the deal to bring him to the Emirates was not an easy one. Negotiations with Atletico Madrid went on for months, but the Spanish side refused to budge.
Arsenal triggered his release clause on the final day of the window, and the move was made official just before the deadline. Partey had to go through a lot on deadline day, and the Ghanaian has shed some light on everything that happened before he signed for us.
He told Sky Sports: “I was OK I was talking to a friend that I train with to go and train in the morning and then my agent called me. He said ‘No, we have to go to this place to sign this paper in case we have to sign some papers for you and you are not there, we will sign for you’.”
“So in the morning we went there, we did that. Since we went out from the morning we could not come back home. We went to a restaurant to eat and the chef was like ‘Don’t leave us today’, I was like ‘What do you mean?’ He was like ‘Today is the deadline day, do not leave us today’.”
“And I think my agent knew something about that and was like ‘Nothing will happen don’t worry’. So we went to sign the papers, we went to eat and I think they talked to Edu, and Edu said ‘No, we have to do this today’. I was like ‘How are we going to do this today?’ And we had to go now, now, now to do a medical and that’s how everything happened.”
Edu, Mikel Arteta and the KSE deserve a ton of credit for getting this deal over the line. It is very un-Arsenal-like to fork out so much money in one go, but Stan Kroenke stunned many people by giving the green light to complete the signing on deadline day.
Arteta now has to deliver. Many people questioned our owners’ ambitions, but they have proved it by back their manager. Anything but a top-four finish will make this an unsuccessful season, and the Arsenal boss will be under a humungous amount of pressure if things don’t go our way this term.